I’ve been missing my friends. So many of them are on the east coast now. They moved away from San Francisco in three waves this summer, and many of them ended up in and around New York. In order to ensure that they all come back someday, I thought I’d make them something to remind them of all the love that’s waiting here for them.
Friday’s thing-a-day was this stencil:
I meant it in the way that says “a lot of people in San Francisco love you,” but the more I looked at it, the more I realized, San Francisco really is a city that loves you back. In all the ways that New York tries to keep you out, San Francisco invites you in. From the weather to housing (rent control!) to the entrepreneurial spirit, San Francisco makes it really easy to live well on your own terms. New York requires you fight everyone else with sticks to get your own little piece of anything.
So to stick it to New York a little, I decided to change the stencil lettering to look like the “I heart New York” logo. I used the first stencil to cut out the skyline, and then used this stencil to carve out the letters:
Yesterday I made three stickers for my girls with the Xyron and a security envelope, as well as some stickers from the removed letters, which I put up in my very spare Etsy shop. Doing these San Francisco love projects has given me some great ideas for much larger projects that focus on the Bay Bridge.