Month: November 2017

Happy Spirit Dolls and David Cassidy

Sooo… some of you may know I’m basically a depressed person. It’s been pretty bad lately. No need to go into gory details; but I stay buried under the bed covers as much as possible. Something I’ve learned over the years:  one way to feel better is for me to tap into my creative self… get lost in my right brain for a while.

I have tons of craft shit around my house, way too many unfinished projects and great ideas that I lost interest in or decided it wouldn’t work; ya feel me?

I’m mixing two things together: too much negative clutter in my brain and too much crafty-shit clutter in my house. The result? Happy Spirit Dolls.

Happy Spirit Dolls

I hand sew these cuties from felt and it’s been fun and weird to see how they evolve. The little wry smiles or frowns just happen… no preconceived idea of what each doll will look like. Each Doll get a little purple bag with three talismans inside. Again, extra crafty stuff. But when I’m choosing who gets what, it seems so pre-destined. Like “of course the yellow/green pom-pom goes with “Blue Monday” Doll… and the white flowers go with the “Mo Money Doll”


I like coincidences. Last week when David Cassidy died I was thinking of the Tiger Beat super-crush  I had on him. To this day ” I Woke Up in Love This Morning” is in my top ten favorite songs.

Oh David… sigh… I did love you so much…

So when I was getting dressed and thinking about the handsome Mr. Cassidy, I turned on my “Soup” playlist (named Soup because it’s a lot of everything)

OF COURSE the very first song that played was “I Woke Up…”

Soup is a playlist of 312 songs and I set the play to shuffle – and still  “I Woke Up…” was the first song that played. Is that a coincidence? Is it spirit? karma? magic? I don’t know why things like that happen, but for me it’s important to acknowledge it and be thankful for whatever it is.

I don’t know how Happy Spirit Dolls and David Cassidy are related; probably a coincidence not yet known to me

Shameless plug – I have an Amy Loves Austin Etsy store where I am selling the Happy Spirit Dolls. Have a look!


xoxo, Amy


They’re Back :)

The Trees and T’s are BACK!

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I’m Amy, Native Austinite and self-proclaimed expert about the Whimsical and yes, WEIRD, decorated trees on Loop 360! I’ve named this one-of-a-kind weirdness AustinTree60.

The decorated juniper and cedars along Loop 360 usually start appearing in mid November, although it seems to be earlier every year.     (10-12 popped up over the weekend 11/10/17))

To my knowledge the first tree was decorated in 1988 as a tribute to a breast cancer victim. Her famiy stealthily decorated a tree in her honor and the ATX tradition was born.

After that year, additional honor trees appeared, the number steadily increasing, a few each year. About 6-7 years ago the number of trees decorated really surged and the whole hillside between Hwy 183 and FM 222 seemed decorated!

Since then AustinTree60 has expanded at a MUCH faster rate… decorated trees can now be seen from Hwy 183 all the way to RR 2244 and even along Spicewood Springs and FM 2222. Although many of the trees are still honor trees – decorated in honor of a loved one, or a cause, or a group SOME of them are ADVERTISEMENTS… stop that!

After the holidays the undecorating is done by volunteer groups (ie: me and my neighborhood kids, Scout groups and other helpful people) and sometimes people come back to undecorate their own tree.

On weekends during November and December AustinTree60 is covered with people taking photos and generally having fun.

Keep it Weird ATX!

PS: 2017 update ~sigh~ like many of the best things about ATX, this tradition has gotten too big, too out-of-hand and has become a tacky mess in some places. It’s also pretty terrible for the area creeks and wildlife. So I love(d) it… but now… not so much. AND I have never, ever decorated a tree; only cleaned up.