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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!
Love,
Amy
Mayor
AustinTree60

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.

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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 ResistancePies.biz 

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.

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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?

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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.

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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

Tourist in Town

When’s the last time you toured ATX? We did a three-day Staycation last year over July 4th Weekend last year, SO FUN!
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First up DKR Memorial Stadium: I’m pretty sure now that Superman missed his life calling- He was totally comfortable in the UT PRESS BOX!
We got to run (walk) through the tunnel onto the field… no smoke coming out like on gameday, but it was so hot I had steam coming off of me, that counts, right?
Seriously, how do the the players practice there?… it was solar-flare hot.
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Next was cooling off at the LBJ Library (July 4th is a FREE day, BTW)
Inspiring! Took our time to look, read, listen to everything … I was more than a little sad when I realized that too many of his ideas and goals were still ideas and goals… that we haven’t accomplished more in the civil rights arena since his Presidency…. anyway; IT IS a beautiful place – go!
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Texas Memorial Museum on UT Campus was so cool! I used to come here every year as an Elementary Student, it has changed a lot, and not too much. Very small, elegant, informative. Best of all Superman got a chance to show off his skills 🙂 
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From High-brow to Hot Rods. We were not dazed and confused by the great Rock-a-billy music, cool-cat cars and old-style burgers. Mathew M was not there, but plenty of other fun people were.
Top. Notch. alright alright alright.
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OF course we went to new favorites and old favorites to grub. 
​Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs, ALWAYS A TREAT!! Even better that day because of the awesome gathering of mature-lesbians-in-tutus who had just arrived from Barton Springs, they were so fun to hang out with!
Three days of laughs, fun, lots of walking and sweating and food. #bestvacationever?
Amy Loves Austin!

One Skirt – 20 Ways to Wear It

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