We’ll be back soon…promise!

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We’ve had a lot going on this summer at Miss MorningWood.  We bought a van, got rid of most everything we own and moved to the mountains.  Sarah also got hit by a car while crossing the street and Ashley ended up in the ER on our first week here in Denver.  We had an amazing adventure along the way that we can’t wait to share with you and we already have our next Lucky 13 artist ready to over-share.  As for the werkshop, we are busy building a live/ work space with a built in “treehouse”, finally found some legit repurposed wood sources and have an art fest in October that we are prepping for.  But we really miss this little blog and all of the connections we’ve made and we can’t wait to get back to it.  Doing my wordpress homework and hoping to have some more appealing features when we return.  We Wish You Were Here and will See You Soon! 

In the Werkshop: Sold!

In the Werkshop: Sold!

We sold our first piece today! It was for a wonderful couple who are hosting a memorial this weekend and are using the experience as a motivation to complete their home projects. We feel so honored to add a little ray of happiness to their process. What made it even more special is that they spotted the first piece Sarah ever made behind some other boards and fell instantly in love. We will make sure to post pics of the first Miss Morningwood in her new home soon!

How To: Hammer

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What is it? A Hammer

noun: a tool with a heavy metal head mounted at right angles at the end of a handle, used for jobs such as breaking things and driving in nails.
verb: hit or beat (something) with a hammer or similar object.

There are many kinds of hammers, in the GingerPino Werkshop we have a claw hammer, a mallet, an upholstery hammer and a chisel hammer.

How do I use it?  Hammers can actually be really dangerous, trust me I hurt myself a lot!  Let’s just trust the experts at WikiHow on this one

When do I use it?  When can’t you use a hammer?  Miss MorningWood uses it to pull nails out of lathe and to push our lathe pieces into place on our panels. We use it with a chisel to chip bark off logs and we use it with nails for…many things. You should absolutely use both “hammered” and “nailed” as verbs as often as possible.  If you are a lesbian, you will certainly need to use a hammer once or twice in your life to impress a girl.  We suggest splitting wood for a fire while sporting a red flannel (which should work for men trying to “nail” straight girls too.)  Check out The Family HandyMan for a few other uses and the amazing Hammer Like a Girl blog for inspiration!

Lucky 13: tat that a$$

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The only thing better than a tattoo is a tattoo that is woman made. Sarah got the coordinates to the exact location where we first met  (awww!) from Ms. Maseuli.  She specializes in Samoan tats, geometric designs and gentle kindness.  Support your local lezzie artists!  Share this post, follow her on insta or call her for a dope tat and a good time.

Elizabeth Maseuli has the honor of being our first to share with our Lucky Thirteen Q&A

1.What are you working on at the moment?
I relocated to Tacoma, WA from San Francisco, CA to study tattoo/technique from the artists at Island Sons Ink: Greg, owner of the shop specializes in Polynesian, Gil does photo realism, and Wibur does American traditional. Together they have 40 years of tattoo experience, have all owned their own shops and have traveled the world through tattoo. I can’t believe how fortunate I am to have been welcomed into their shop and family.
2.What drives you to do what you do?
Definitely not logic (; tattoo is a high stress profession, but my passion and culture has become tattoo. I appreciate the relationship I have with my clients, and ability to utilize my creativity.
3.What is it like to be a woman in your line of work?
As an androgynous female in the tattoo industry, and especially in Polynesian style, I am somewhat of a rarity. I have found that women clients are more drawn to female artists, but men also appreciate my calm and inviting demeanor.
4.Do you have any regrets?
Absolutely. But I’m grateful for the lesson(s) learned (:
5.Do you have any scars?
I have lots of scars, probably more than most- thankfully I don’t recall the pain but I do remember the stories- I appreciate all my scars.
6.What do you believe in? 
“Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm.” Hippocrates
 7.What is your best dream?
….a long, happy and healthy life for myself, and my beloveds – with lots of laughter
8.What could you not live without as an artist?
My thumbs.
9.What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Romance- I feel so alive when showing appreciation for another.
10.Who is your Woman Crush Wednesday?
At the moment, Cassie (:
11.Which woman artist out there today would you love to shine the spotlight on?
My dear friend, Sarah C. She is so talented and I love everything she creates. I wish her a life & career full of creativity.
12.Where can we stalk you?
Tumblr : novemberthefourth
InstaGram: noblenaturetattoo
Facebook: Beth Maseuli (Grey Wolf)
13.Anything else you’d like to (over)share?
No, thank you (:

 

Why Blog?

 

Honestly? It gives meaning to my insatiable social media desires. As hard as I try, I just can’t stay away from the voyeuristic temptations of Instagram.  I can’t help it, I really want to know who your woman crush wednesday is.  And who likes your woman crush wednesday. But like any good drug, I end up feeling pretty strung out and empty at the end of my creeper binge.  This blog gives (some) purpose to my desires and I now know what it is I am searching for.

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Finding Sarah was like finding a best friend when I was 8 and awkward and alone.  From the first week we met we started to create together.  Nothing intentional or noteworthy, but meaningful nonetheless.  Sure, our paintings were of Daria, narwhals and splatter paint jiz. And yea, maybe we built forts and made costumes instead of going out like grown ups.  But I think what we were really doing was finding something we lost in childhood.  That something that let our imaginations run wild.  We forgot about being cool and created a magic interior world where anything was possible.  But just like middle school, I woke up one day and realized all of the other girls my age had moved on to other things and other friends.  I am so grateful to have found my bff and boo boo in one quirky and beautiful girl crush, but I still wonder where all the other weirdos are.  And by weirdos I mean, where are all of the other girls who would rather dress up like mermaids and drive up the coast to collect drift wood for reclaimed furniture?  Not in a hippy way, not in a tripper way and not in a crafty mom way… in a really fashionable, absurd, intelligent, irreverent and possibly even gay kind of way.  Image

I don’t know where exactly these other trouble starter, noise makers are, but I know they are out there.  Making a living making things (especially things made with hammers and nails) has not been so friendly to females.  It can be lonely trying make your way in a world that wasn’t made for you.  So we are trying to forge our own path and find success in our own way.  To us that means collaborating instead of competing with each other.  Women have always been makers, infusing design and beauty into functional items and everyday events.  I see it in the stories we tell, the clothes we wear, the meals we make AND in the art we create, the blogs we write, and the future we design.  Women dominate Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.   We need to use these paths to find our way back to best friends who inspire dreams and fairy godmother who make anything possible.  I am so excited to find, follow, like and share other women makers, movers and shakers.  Who run the world?

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