Category: Mental Health Monday

Don’t believe everything you think

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


Design of the Day: A T-shirt Primer

Resistance Pies is my T-shirt company. I design the graphics and sell them from my store 

This started out a few years ago with a design showing off Austin’s weirdness – Every year in November people here start decorating the cedar trees along Hwy 360 with holiday decorations. It started years ago with one tree decorated by one family – they did it in honor of their son who had passed away earlier in the year. It was sweet and lovely.


I guess lots of people loved this idea, because every year there are more, and More, and MORE (like almost all cool things in ATX – it has become a victim of its own self… another post on that later)

ANYWAY… four (?) years ago I designed a T-shirt in honor of this decorated Christmas Tree phenomenon – I titled it “AUSTIN TREE-60”   Is that clever, or what?


I sold T’s on the side of the road in front of the trees… It was a fun way to be creative, acknowledge my favorite city, and make a few extra bucks for Christmas.


Fun until I fell down the hillside of trees and tore my meniscus. Then it was no fun. 

Since then I designed T’s here and there, mostly for myself, usually with sarcastic or sly phrases…

ZOOM ahead to January 20, 2017 – or D (for dumbass) Day. The emperor-wannabe was sworn in and my depression got really real, yo. Eventually I realized that tapping into my creative self was a way to lift the dark clouds a little.


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Then…. Ta-Da! With help from my awesome (and equally disturbed) gal pal,  Jean, Resistance Pies T-Shirt Co. was born!  

Stay tuned to see a featured T on Mondays, and visit (buy!) Resistance T-Shirts here!

Thank you for your continued support 🙂

Amy Loves Austin