Category: design

Irwin Hodson

I recently had the good fortune to discover a printer called the Irwin Hodson Company. They were originally founded in 1894 (!) as the Ben C. Irwin Company. They’ve moved buildings during that time, but have been at their present location at SE 9th near Powell for over 70 years!

If you ever wondered where to get vintage metal signs produced — look no farther!

Touring the facility made my mind race with all the possibilities. Keep an eye out for an upcoming line of greeting cards and some large format macro photography.

Irwin Hodson also printed all of our posters, postcards, yard signs, and booklets for Tour de Hives.

The most fascinating thing about this place is the old machines they still have in working order, blended with gorgeous modern digital printers on a massive scale. They were kind and allowed me to snap photos! (Click on the below images to see them larger.)

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Free bee flower seeds!

As a beekeeper and environmental advocate, I created a project for myself — giving out free bee flower seeds! One of the most important things you can do to help bees is to plant safe flowers they can visit for pollen and nectar.

Please let me know what varieties you would like and how to get them to you. Keep in mind that they are all very different. For example, borage is a super easy self-seeding annual that will spread. (Which is a good thing for my garden, but might not be for yours?) Whereas with Purple cone flowers (echinacea) the same plant will come back every year in the same place. Here’s some information about each of them.

Borage – wikipedia, growing and using, ideas on Pinterest

Lady bird poppy – wikipediacare, Pinterest

Purple cone flower (echinacea) – wikipedia, care, uses, Pinterest

Milkweed – wikipediaseed campaign with lots of info,  care, Pinterest

If you plant some of these seeds, I would love to see photos of your flowers! Please keep in touch so I can share them.

Goodbye to granite?

Just the other day on our broker tour, I was talking to other agents from my office about how granite is starting to look dated. Once the ubiquitous choice for upscale kitchens, it now seems to define a particular era.

Funny, then, to see this article on Reviewed.com. And this one from Fine Home Building.

Please keep in mind that the greenest solution is whatever you already have. However, if a remodel is necessary or if you are building new, then I applaud the move away from granite in favor of more sustainable options.