Archive for Category: "Urban Life"

Mini Bonsai Tools Are Perfect for Urban Gardening – Product Review

Bonsai Mini Garden Tool Set

In the Northern states it’s a tad too early to plant the annuals but we have that edgy feeling in our hearts – IT’S TIME TO GARDEN! Because most of us are resolved to wait for planting until Mother’s Day, the traditional point where we can be safe from frost. Now is the perfect time […]

Last Snow of Winter at Fermilab Natural Areas

Nepese Marsh frozen with snowy butterfly weed fermilab

Winter has been hitting me hard. I spent a good portion of my morning whining about the additional 4 inches of snow the Chicagoland area got last night. Hopefully the last big snow for the season. I suffer a bit from Seasonal Affective Disorder and have felt the darkness and cold weather as an oppressive […]

Teach People How To Garden – A Graffiti Experiment Fence Champion

Gardenworks Volunteers

The Graffiti Experiment is a project intended to inspire positive art and community unity instead of displaying hate or negativity in our urban neighborhoods. Champions for the project have donated money to help pay the fines my homeowners association charged me in order to help keep the painted fence experiment up for a longer period […]

An Update on The Graffiti Fence and Inspiring Jewelry

Peter Painting the back fence

The Graffiti Experiment is a project intended to create gang graffiti awareness. I want to  inspire positive art and community unity instead of displaying hate or negativity in our urban neighborhoods. Champions for the project have donated money to help pay the fines my homeowners association charged me in order to help keep the fence […]

Happy Halloween

Pumpkin faces and felted bowl

This year we kept our suburban Halloween decorations simple. Aurora Lamps in the trees and few pumpkins and squash on the patio. Next to our jack-o-lantern, you see the squash are resting in a soft Felted Sculpt-a-Bowl from Gardener’s Supply Company. Bowls (above) come in several reversible colors and it worked to keep the squash […]

The Graffiti Experiment: Please Help Save My Fence

Shawna Coronado and The Graffiti Preventing Pollinator Painted Fence

I Need Your Help – Within a month of my covering the gang graffiti on my back fence with a gorgeous painting of pollinators, native flowers, and a “make a diff” statement to encourage positive action within my neighborhood, my homeowners association slapped me with a stiff fine. It will cost me $30 per month […]

Raw Honey Helps Allergy Symptoms – A Field Trip To A Bee Apiary

Raw Honey Cutting the Combs 2

Bees are important because bees and other pollinators are responsible for keeping the human race from starving to death by providing an incredibly necessary function on earth; plant pollination. They also produce honey, which beyond tasting delicious can have an amazing effect on your health. Raw bee honey was recommended to me by my allergist […]

100 Good Deeds – Do Something Kind For Others

Shawna Coronado Do Not Give Up

[Photo Credit: By the amazing Angel Oakley. Thanks my friend!] Celebrate  “100 Good Deeds Day” with me by doing something kind for a stranger. Tell me what happened – please leave a comment below and share what random act of kindness you did for a stranger (no matter how small or how big) and how […]

Mural Art In The Garden To Cover Graffiti

Mural of Flowers and Butterflies on Back Garden Fence Close View Shawna Coronado

Living life in an urban environment means you sometimes have to deal with problems. Graffiti has only happened to me once in all the 29 years I have lived near Chicago. My first reaction to the garden vandalism that happened this month [see right] was hurt and anger. I work so hard to help our […]

What To Do About Garden Graffiti Vandalism

Temporary solution to the graffiti vandalism on my garden fence

Last night my back fence garden art was spray painted with graffiti; weird smiley faces and gang symbols (see bottom photo).  This vandalism made me angry. I lost a day of work because of it and feel upset at whoever is doing it because FOR THE LOVE OF GAWD WHY CAN’T WE JUST FREAKING BE […]