Monique Mcclellan

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stack of colorful folded t-shirts
Last year, I watched a public television show where the host was visiting a t-shirt quilt making company that got a zero waste rating. People would send in their t-shirt for a fee to be made into a quilt. The left over fabric because with any sewing project there is always leftover fabric is recycled into a type of tanbark for children's playgrounds. I thought to myself I could make a t-shirt quilt. During this year's spring cleaning, I discovered that I had three drawers full of t-shirts that I don't wear that I could easily up-cycle into a quilt...Read more...
1996 Volkswagen Golf original color is suede silver but now it has faded to beige.
When my mechanic told me to stop paying money to fix my car and go buy a new one, I hated to admit it, but I had to agree with him. The cost of the repairs was more than the Kelly Blue Book Value of the car. It is time for me to buy a new car. That's why I'm glad that the Silicon Valley Auto Show is at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center starting on Thursday, March 7 through Sunday, March 10, 2019. It's a perfect opportunity for me to look for a new car rather than going...Read more...
close up photo of King Tut
November 4th of each year is King Tut Day . This is not his birthday. It is the day Howard Carter, British archeologist, discovered King Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922. Since his tomb lay undisturbed for almost 3 thousand years. Many treasures lay inside of his tomb. King Tut started his rule at 9 or 10 years old. His reign lasted only 10 years. Since he died so young and unexpectedly, the small tomb he was buried in was not originally meant for him but for a high official. Celebrate King Tut Day with a Field Trip If you live in...Read more...
A row of sidewalk chalks from the Dollar Store
On Saturday, September 15, 2018 check out the 11th annual Luna Park Chalk Art Festival at Backesto Park on the corner of 13th and Empire Streets in San Jose. The festival starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM. It’s a free festival. You can enjoy the live music and dance performances, visit the booths, and of course watch the professional and amateur artists draw on the sidewalk paths in chalk. You can even participate for a small fee. All skill levels are welcome and they will even provide the chalk. The proceeds go towards art programs for elementary...Read more...
Octopus Soft Kite
This past Memorial Day weekend, I had the opportunity to go to the Art and Wind Festival in San Ramon, California. I was expecting to hear good music, to watch dances from other cultures, to eat carnival food that I should not eat but did, and to see wind related items like wind chimes, toy windmills, and kites. I was not disappointed. However, I was surprised to see professional kite flying. I had no idea that was a thing. So, I sat on the grass with my bag of kettle corn popcorn and watched the professional kite flyers do things...Read more...
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo sign on Story Road
I read an e-magazine available through RBdigital called Drawing Magazine: The Ballpoint Issue . I was so inspired to use a ballpoint pen as a fine art drawing medium that I bought a new set of Pentel R.S.V.P fine point pens from my favorite office supply store. The e-magazine articles recommended several books that the San Jose Public Library has or has access to through Link +. The books have techniques to learn by doing the drawing exercises. As well as, plenty of photos to admire the work of contemporary artists that use a ballpoint pen as their medium. On...Read more...
8 succulents on a white tray
Shopping for Containers For the last few months, I’ve been seeing in the garden section of stores a variety of containers with a mixture of succulents and cacti. My shopaholic brain wants one. However, I had a Goldilocks type of problem. The one at Costco in a 24 inches diameter terracotta pot was beautiful but way too big for any surface in my studio apartment and too heavy to hang on the wall. In my favorite craft store, the miniature plants were plastic. At another garden store, the containers had too many cacti. Cacti Phobia I have a tiny (miniscule...Read more...
Sour Marble Cake dusted with powder surgar
How can anyone mess up a yellow cake made from a box mix? Find out in this month's Cooking Gone Awry.Read more...
pile of pumpkins
Celebrate pumpkin day with fun history facts, decoration ideas, and tasty recipes!Read more...
total solar eclipse
Are you ready for the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017? We've got info on when and how to view it in San Jose.Read more...