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In the Garden My Soul is Sunshine

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In the Garden My Soul is Sunshine

I’ve been wanting to write a small tribute to someone who has always been an angel here on earth…alas…

A dear friend of mine passed peacefully in her home from Cancer. This is such a tough thing for me to write…as tears begin to form and cloud my vision. However, I know she would not want me to be sad, or anyone to be sad for that matter! It’s just so hard to fathom that this beautiful, blue-eyed, blonde and loving gal is no longer here, and yet… she’s all around me.

So now I am going to celebrate her life as I know she would want it to be a P-A-R-T-Y!  If I could write all the wonderful things about Kim, it would be longer than War & Peace because she was really that cool….that wonderful….and a whole lot of fun.

Kimby EOE (as I liked to call her) was a beautiful blue-eyed blonde from the San Diego area. I designated “Kimby (short for Kimberly) and added “EOE” which stands for “Expert on Everything”. She truly was, no sarcasm….seriously.

She had a wealth of knowledge on a lot of great things and a lot of little things. If there was an unusual plant, she would more than likely know the name. If she heard a certain bird sing their song, she would likely know the name of that bird. Truly talented in the wealth of knowledge…okay…she may not have known EVERYTHING…but she had more knowledge on a subject than just a quick definition.

My dear friend Kim was so vibrant and full of life with a song on her tongue and Christ in her heart, she just made you smile and giggle to see her dance around the kitchen while cleaning or enjoying the morning sunshine in her garden watering the dust away and refreshing her shrubs and flowers.

I learned so much from Kim…so much that many of the things I do today are due to her traditions, kindness and pure enjoyment of life. So what I wanted to do was take a moment and lists some of the wonderful things I’ve learned and taken with me in my life;

  •  Sticky Ghosts (a really cool craft)
  • Start your day early with a cup of coffee…sit outside and enjoy your start of the day
  • You can never have too much Christmas “Crappola” this word was not used negatively (wink wink smiley face). It’s Christmas….decorate every single room in your home!
  • As a matter of fact, you should decorate boisterously for any and all holidays. That’s what storage units are for…to store your holiday “overage” (okay this may not be a word)
  • A homemade or handmade gift is better than any store-bought item
  • Everyday is barbecue day
  • You always have room for one more to join for dinner
  • Anytime is a great time to have a party with family and friends
  • Having game night with family and friends is better than any night out on the town.
  • You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to decorate a room, just be smart, savvy, a little paint and a creative eye for design
  • It’s not old…it’s vintage
  • A staircase in your home is not only for going upstairs but stadium seating to watch the girls dance recitals, plays, vocals or good commentary
  • You can never have too much pink!
  • Country music is so cool… Christian music is awesome!
  • Always do what you can for others in need
  • Even if you hate doing laundry….enjoy that time
  • Don’t ever wish your life away
  • Starbucks is good any time!
  • Four walls and a ton of square footage does not make a house a home
  • Always look for the good in people, sometimes it’s hiding under a lot of junk
  • Live life to its fullest
  • Always keep God/Christ in your heart

Kim has touched so many lives…she volunteered her time for her girls, she cooked many meals for families who were in need due to illness or death. She pulled her wallet out when she may not have enough cash to give to someone in need. She ALWAYS found time to give and to help anyone.

I was always happy and laughing…having a great time when I was with Kim. No matter what we were doing…it was fun. She enjoyed life, she was a happy and beautiful person that I will never ever forget. I am so blessed to have been a part of her life.

She did so much for her family, friends and even strangers in such a short time here on earth. I love you Kimby EOE always and forever.

 

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Funky, Kitschy, Dia de Los Muertos

What a fun way to brighten your kitchen wall; add a “pop of color” in a small nook or any part of your home! They are small yet fun pieces of art that can be added anywhere without breaking the bank. We never knew how popular they would become, so we are going to continue adding more to the collection.

I was born and raised on the border and have always enjoyed the bright colors, history and culture of Mexican folk art. Juan and I try to capture that in our funky eclectic art. Simple, colorful….FUN!

If you are interested in any of these paintings, please email me shawn@urban-hobo.com. They are easy to ship and if you are located in the El Paso area, I am happy to deliver! (smiley face)

Sarape Truck 11X 14 acrylic $35.00

VW Dia de Los Muertos 8X10 acrylic $25.00

Collage Folk Art 12X12 acrylic $30.00

I tried to take the best pictures, however, if you need additional info, photos, questions or comments, please email me shawn@urban-hobo.com.

To see some of the sweet treats we deliver, be sure to head to our website Urban Hobo!

 

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A Quick Update…Adding New Art!

We’ve added some new art this week! A beautiful wood cross with recycled tin. The cross measures 10 inches across by 15 inches (length). A beautiful and sweet gift for Mom on Mother’s Day or a cool addition to your décor in your own home. It is $25.00 plus shipping. If interested, contact me shawn@urban-hobo.com. If you are interested in sweets & treats, be sure you check out our “Artful Edibles” section on our website Urban-Hobo.com.

 

As always, if you have any questions or assistance, please feel free to reach out!

Thanks,

Shawn

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Urban Hobo is Live!

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It’s here! Finally….it’s here!!!! Our website is up and running. Although its a little crude and I’m still trying to figure things out, we have something out there with a new logo and ready to hit this next next adventure full force.

Urban Hobo is about “artful edibles” ….simple great goodness delivered in cool packaging AND funky eclectic art handmade for a gift, yourself or seasonal items.

When we first decided to enter into this new adventure, I had no idea what to expect. I did not wish to look back one day and say…”What if?” OR “I wished I would’ve trusted my instincts and had the courage to start something on my own..” SO….we are starting out very small and see where this takes us. Juan and I encourage you to visit our website www.urban-hobo.com. Please check often as we will have new updates on our baked goods and eclectic stuff!. Especially when we approach the holidays we will have some great items for you to peruse,

I am happy to speak with you regarding our cookies and caramels and customize your order for corporate gifts, events or something for yourself!

The crosses and ornaments (available soon) are one of a kind. No two are made exactly alike. Once it’s sold…there will not be another one exactly the same. I make them by hand and also make the charms that hang by hand.

Most of the eclectic art we make comes from recycled materials, simple pop art designs and lots of glue, nails, paint, screws…anything that we might come across.

Our goal is to provide cool gifts that are handmade and unique and not pricey.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Nose to the grindstone

ImageWell…we have been in our new place for a little over two weeks and thankfully with a lot of hard work and dedication to get things done….it feels like home. We are already venturing out on our bicycles….however I am back in the hills again and certainly have to build my lung capacity again.

So now…no excuses…need to get started BIG TIME on Urban Hobo. This week I have been putting the finishing touches on our website. Now, I have to fill it with inventory….We must get to work!

You may…or may not know…Urban Hobo is about “Artful Edibles” and handmade whimsical gifts. Our handmade gifts can be anything from our handmade tin Christmas ornaments to funky art from recycled materials or even small canvas paintings that are bright and fun. All one-of-a-kind.

Now I am gearing up since I have several orders for crosses I am making. The one shown here is a painted black & white on tin with little charms that hang. All of these crosses are handmade so no two will be exactly alike. The cross is about 8 inches long and 4 ½ inches wide. I am also making some that are plain tin with hammered look. Since I have a bunch to make, I felt this was a good place to start.

I will also have these crosses made smaller to be used as Christmas ornaments! (I know… how in the world can I be talking about Christmas four months into the year???) However, I will be starting on ornaments soon as there are several craft fairs and bazaars we would like to participate in the fall during the holiday season. One must have a lot of inventory for these events!Image

If you are interested in one of these crosses as I begin to add them on my facebook page (Urban Hobo) and launch my website, please feel free to reach out to me via email shawn@urban-hobo.com. The crosses (like the one shown) will sell for $20.00. 

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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East Bound and Down, Loaded up and Truckin’

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run.
(Lyrics to Jerry Reed song from movie “Smokey and the Bandit)Image

Well it has been a busy 10 days. We spent our last week in Arizona packing and saying our goodbyes to our family and friends and hitting the road at 4AM! This was the scene for 8 hours from my front windshield. Juan in the U-Haul truck hauling his SUV… Flloyd…the crotchety 32 year old parrot with him and me with the two dachshunds sleeping quietly in a comfy pillow top bed. (Wink wink smiley face)

Juan and I are so excited about this next adventure. As I mentioned before, for me…it is coming home. For Juan…it is seeing a new region with fresh eyes. Which makes it exciting for me, it’s amazing the things I take for granite that he finds so amazing. The scenery and culture, the food and of course the people!

So we landed at 1:00PM and me with a 102 fever (ended up with a horrible sinus and chest infection) we unloaded the truck. Actually Juan felt so sorry for me and unloaded about 85%! The excitement moving out-of-state, doing a complete turnaround in our lives and starting a new adventure!

Paper wrappers flying to the floor as we un-wrapped our things as if it was Christmas, flattening boxes and decorating our home as if it was the first time ever…just a great moment!

So here I sit F-I-N-A-L-L-Y …after a whirlwind turnaround pack up drive 500+ miles, unload and restart our lives. Although exhausting….it is a great feeling.

So what do I do now? I guess Juan and I need to get on part two of this crazy and exciting adventure.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Aloha…Bienvenida…Bienvenue…Benvenuti…Willkommen…Welcome!

 

One of my costumes for halloween as a child was being a hobo!Welcome to our new blog…Urban Hobo! I am so excited (along with Juan) to get this part of our adventure started. We are so excited about this new path we are taking. We’ve recently made the decision to relocate to Texas and for me it is coming home. No not exactly the same…as so much has changed in the last twenty something years here…but a familiarity of small town feel in a much bigger and more populated city!

Our goal is still to blog about “right-sizing” your life and living a simpler lifestyle (I know nothing has changed about me using a favorite word of the day). However, we really wish to embrace both local and throughout the southwest great “Mom & Pop” places you should check out. Still love many of the “box stores” out there, however, you can find some of the neatest gifts, clothing, eateries  and other cool products and services from “Mom & Pop” than you could in a large corporate retail/restaurant site.

This will also be the place where we will showcase some of the “artful edibles” and unique gift items we have AND…where we might be in the Southwest at a local art/fair/market event. We would LOVE to meet you!

If you have something unique you would like to share, I would welcome you to email me so we could share on future posts.

Juan and I are excited to be here on this new path….We’re so thankful you will be here to enjoy the ride.

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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