I’ve decided to start selling papercuts to help fund a redesign of Philly Love Notes. The website needs to be more functional as a Philly resource, and to put it bluntly, it needs to look nicer. I don’t feel comfortable putting advertisements or sponsored posts on the blog, and I’m still not completely sold on Kickstarter. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, Twitter or the blog, you’ve seen the evolution of my papercuts, which I’ve decided to start selling.
Below are some examples of custom pieces. They are all hand cut, and therefore take many hours each (and have been priced accordingly). The maps and home portraits are completely customizable in relation to size, paper color, and location, but don’t come framed. I’ll be taking limited commissions at a time, so if you’re interested, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m also working with NextFab to learn how to lasercut. Once I’ve gotten a hang of that, I’ll be making copies of the large Philly map made earlier this summer and some more detailed neighborhood maps. Having access to all the machines brings up tons of possibilities for Philly-centric things to make, so if you have suggestions of what you’d like to see, please let me know.
CUSTOM PAPERCUT MAPS
(please email about pricing)
CUSTOM HOME PORTRAITS
STARTING AT $125
Favorite Spot: Kelly Drive and Rittenhouse
I Am: A reverse commuter
Current Home: NoLibs
Melissa Geary (ex-pat files)
Favorite Spot: Kelly Drive
Neighborhood: Art Museum
Address: It’s its own address
I Am: A medical student
Years in Philly: Two
Current Home: Daytona Beach, Florida
Favorite Spot: BuildaBridge
Address: 205 W Tulpehocken St, Philadelphia, PA 19144
I Am: Writer/Blogger
Years in Philly: 3
Current Home: Northeast near Bustleton
It feels like most people who were born in Philly and the suburbs spent at least a day each summer at the Jersey shore. There are the outliers who made their way down to the beaches of Delaware or Maryland, but it seems like Jersey was the primary destination. And they weren’t just trips to a random beach. Most people have “their” beach. Ours was Ocean City — a week in one of the small motels, days at the beach or Gillian’s Water Park (which I only just recently discovered was not Gilligan’s as I had been pronouncing all these years), and nights walking along the boardwalk eating Johnson’s popcorn and going on the Tilt-A-Whirl at Wonderland Pier.
As I’ve gotten older, the family beach vacations have become more infrequent and we’ve broadened our horizons. My Philly tradition may have changed slightly, but a summer would not be complete without the beach. What’s your tradition? What’s your beach?
Memorial Day Weekend Trip to Wildwood, NJ
Leigh Goldenberg and Aaron Bauman
Favorite Spot: Pre-Phillies ritual including Cosmi’s Deli, Termini Bros, and Citizens Bank Bark
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: Cosmi’s Deli (1501 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147), Termini Bros (1523 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147), CBP (1523 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147)
We are both: South Philly homeowners, Bike Commuters, Phillies season ticket holders. He is: Web Guy, Ultimate Frisbee Enthusiast, Homebrewer. She is: Bicycle Laundry Marketer, Arts Supporter, Food Co-op party planner
Years in Philly: 7 together (plus Leigh’s 18 in the burbs)
Current Home: We call it Franklin Heights, real estate agents and civic associations call our neighborhood Passyunk Sq.
Favorite Spot: Sorrentos
Address: 1624 W Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141
I am: An engineer, turned activist, turned teacher, turned robotics education enthusiast who appreciates the mountains of Montana as much as Passyunk Ave.
Years in Philly: 6
Current Home: West “The Best” Philly
Favorite Place: Anywhere there’s something interesting to see or do (though this love note is to Ride the Ducks)
Address: Launch point — Race Street and Columbus Blvd
Neighborhood: Delaware River/Old City
I Am: A writer and photographer for Daily Vacationer, a website devoted to discovering fantastic places and events in Greater Philadelphia. Wife, mother, pet owner, eternal tourist.
Years in Philly: 8 years in the Philly area
Current Home: Southern New Jersey
Favorite Spot: Bell’s Market
Address: 8330 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19152
I am: A law professor and lifelong travel junkie, with a special love for exploring cities.
Years in Philly: 24
Current Home: West Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.
After a much needed post-party and post-Spruce Street Harbor Park opening vacation, I’ve returned to the land of Philly Love Notes. First, I wanted to thank everyone who came out to the #whyilovephilly Summer Party and second I promise to begin posting love notes again (starting tomorrow). I’ve slacked, but I have a ton ready to go thanks to the Philly Papercut Contest (congrats again Leigh and Aaron!).
And now for a recap of the #whyilovephilly Summer Party (Summer Jam/Spruce Street Harbor Park Preview/etc) hosted by Philly Love Notes, the Delaware River Waterfront Corp and Drink Philly:
All photos by Matt Stanley
In total, we raised $11,000 in ticket sales and sponsorship and sold out 900 tickets almost two weeks before the party. That money was all donated to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp (yes, it’s a non-profit even though it seems like a city agency) to continue doing free programming like creating Spruce Street Harbor Park and — shameless plug — FREE concerts like the Purling Hiss/Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band show at SSHP this Thursday from 7:30-10PM. Read more