Monday, October 12, 2009

workshop at hi tree studio!

Hello hi tree friends!
I will be offering one sewing workshop this holiday season:
Make your own zipper pouches!

From start to finish, you will learn how to cut, embellish and assemble these sweet little zipper pouches in any shape and size you're little heart desires. You will also learn how to convert them into fanny packs or wristlets! The options are endless.
These sweet little pouches would make the perfect handmade gift for all you're loved ones. There will be plenty of time and materials to make lots of them! Can we say stocking stuffers?!

November 14th and 15th, 2009 (Sat and Sun)
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, including lunch break
Instructor: Tina Rodas
Cost: $100 per person, all materials included
Age: 14 to adult
Where: She Rides the Lion Studio

Contact: Tina Rodas at to reserve your spot ASAP

** This is a great time to make artwork and or gifts for the holidays!!!
Pay online with paypal or send a check to Tina Rodas c/o Avenue 50 Studio 131 North Avenue 50 Los Angeles, Ca 90042
Please email me to reserve your spot

Thursday, October 8, 2009

decapitated unicorns and stuff

lately i have been sitting in my studio trying to do some new and different things. the holiday season is quickly approaching and i am feeling the need for a refresh. frankly, im kind of tired of looking at the same stuff ALL the time. so here is a little preview of some things ive been working on. some are available in my shop and some are for installations at various places around town this holiday season. (details to come soon)
also, if you live in the los angeles area, i will be doing a big "make you're own christmas presents" 2 day work shop at hi tree studio. so keep an eye out for that info in the next few days if you might be interested.
AND if you would like to join the workshop email list, email me at

p.s. i know the whole bloody unicorn heads are VERY different from my usual innocent and cute trees. but believe it or not, these are old pre-hi tree sketches from my sketch book. :)
enjoy the eye candy!


Monday, September 28, 2009

Cupcakes and Giveaway Winners

ok ok ok i clearly did not take into account the extreme bout of laziness i would encounter on my birthday. so this post is a few days past due, but nonetheless here it is :)

out 2 lovely winners of the cute little maple trees are:
 little red door
 rachel b
so ladies, please send me you're shipping info to

thank you to every one that participated!!! i will be doing this again!

about the cupcake: my friend becca made me 12 of these babies for my birthday. it that sweet or what! she even made little mushrooms out of meringue. nomnomnom

Monday, September 21, 2009

Its my birthday. Giveaway!

ooooookay. so here is the deal. its fall equinox and my birthday week, my favorite time of the year!
so to celebrate i want to try something new:

here is the deal.
i will be giving away 2 of these lovely new autumn maple trees!
here are the many ways to enter the giveaway:

{&hearts} copy paste the following message into your twitter (if you have one): one entry for every tweet you send!
@hitree GIVEAWAY-its my birthday! 2 felt autumn maple trees! PLUS 15% off entire store. &

{&hearts} pick one item from my shop that you love the most and post it to your facebook. (or of course you could just post the whole shop)

{&hearts} blog about my birthday/ fall equinox sale and get 2 entries into the giveaway! {edited to clarify} you can just blog about my shop in general, not specific to blogging about the sale. :)

{&hearts} etc...... any other way of getting the word out, gets an entry.

finally, when you have maxed out your possible entry points, post a comment below and tell me what you did! ill keep track of everything. if you need to post multiple comments over the week, have at it.

on my birthday, friday september 25th i will announce the 2 winners of the sweet little trees :)
now go!

oh one more thing! check out the new new tree :)
just in time for christmas!

Friday, September 18, 2009

hi tree installation at Black Maria Gallery

i am in the midst of a food coma, so i thought i would take the opportunity to do a little blog post, since i can't seem to remove myself from the couch in the sheridesthelion studio (next door to hi tree).

anyhow, loads of awesomeness going on right now. this morning i awoke to a very exciting google alert. apartment therapy mentioned me as well as posted some images of my work. check out the article here.

and and and also ive been slowly but surely fall-ifying (is that a word? now it is) hi tree. lots or oranges and yellow and pretty fall colors.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

alright alright alright

well hello there, how are you? what is that you say? you thought i was dead? why? because i haven't done a blog post in forever? oh, yeah, sorry about that. ive been too busy making new stuff!

this saturday night, if you live in the los angeles area, please come by the black maria gallery, i will be doing an installation on the project wall. nice stuff!

look, fall stuff! yay!

so now for the goods. as we all know i took a lovely camping trip to sequoia national forest. it was so beautiful, one of the things that stuck out to me the most was the dead and still standing giant sequoias. they had moss growing all over them and it was soooo pretty. so here is the hi tree version of what i like to call, mr. sad sequoia. (he is sad, because he is dead, if it is possible to be sad and dead at the same time)

ok ok ok. then there is this dude. he is sort of my replacement for THE big tree. (you know, the 8 foot tall missing since january in the mail tree) he is half the size of the big guy, but he is just as lovely.

Friday, July 31, 2009

beware of the mushrooms

they might bite your ankles.
well, after one of the busiest times of my life i am back from my blog hiatus. these little mushroom dudes are for my next big project, details still to come, if i tell you i might have to kill you and i really don't want to have to do that.

last week i spent 3 days up in sequoia national forest and let me just say it was quite inspiring. i think it is safe to say that it is one of the most magical places i have ever been in my whole life. i wish to crawl up inside one of those amazing trees and live with my sewing machine. there are so many ideas floating in my head that will be coming into form very very soon.
enjoy the pictures!! (even though they do the trees no justice)

Friday, June 12, 2009

We Chirp!

Some exciting things going on here today. Seriously though, no really.
2 new hi tree "fanny packs" fresh of the sewing machine. woot!
2 new styles of totes. and let me just take a second to say that clearly my creativity has been taking me in some new directions lately and i have been enjoying it very much. i cant wait to see what happens next.

This Saturday night is the North East Los Angeles art walk! That means my studio will be wide open for all to come in. The show going up in the gallery is looking really great! and also in the annex my good buddy Joseph Botello is having a solo show, 100 Faces.
We will be open from 7 to 10pm @ 131 N. ave 50 in Highland Park 90042

ALSO, and that is a big also, We Chirp is doing a hi tree giveaway this week. Head on over there and see what you have to do to get a cute little bitty maple tree. so sweet and squishy.
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