Interview with Dreamer, Sheila Zielonka
I recently had the opportunity to do a video call with Sheila and learned so much about her. It was great to be able to see each other live and to chat with someone who you have only spoken with online. Sheila has been a Dreamer for many years and has created many projects from the Dreaming Tree site and has also put a unique spin on things by combining various Dreaming Tree files. I am not surprised by her creativity as Sheila has been a creative person for most of her life. She used to make soft furnishings as well as curtains and even made custom wedding dresses. She is such a fun and creative person to talk to and I look forward to chatting with her again. ~Mike
Where are you from?
I was born in Liverpool in the UK, but now live in North Wales, UK.
How did you get into paper crafting?
After being a seamstress and making one off wedding dresses, soft furnishings and clothes for myself and my children for many many years, I ended up with damaged knees and back, plus the fact I was fed up with my house being a workroom all of the time. so back in 1999 I decided to go back to crafting. Papercrafting was just beginning to make a come back over here so I tried my hand, took to it right away and have not looked back since.
How long have you been a Dreamer?
It was in May of 2017 when I found Dreaming tree, quite by accident and from that moment I have LOVED every single project, without exception…and of course I was hooked.
How did you first learn about Dreaming Tree?
Cannot remember really, but it could have been through Facebook…no not sure at all really?
What was your first Dreaming Tree project?
Actually, I think it was the Nouveau bookmark, started small and a freebie to boot, but my memory has only been jogged by looking at my orders from back then.
What words would you use to describe Dreaming Tree?
I think of… exceptional and beautiful artistry, precise digital conversion and brought together by the detailed and informative video tutorials so that even a total beginner can produce beautiful projects.
Which Dreaming Tree product is your favorite?
Oh gosh….sooooo many? But if pushed I think I would have to pick….Midnight manor. I have made this a few times but the one that springs to mind is the one I did at 50% and ended up being a “English country manor” and looking like it was made of chocolate! The BEST one I have made using lots of different elements has to be the Cuckoo clock, it looks real too but does not actually have any working parts, looks good though!
What was your most challenging Dreaming Tree project?
I think that would have to be the “Letter to Santa” that I did for the 2019 challenge. There was a LOT of head scratching, re sizing, try try and try again and at times total frustraion, but I did it in the end. I think I would have to combine that with the “Christmas tree” and having to make 142 sprigs to make the branches and ending up with an infected thumb, I will not be doing that again….ever.
What advice would you give a new Dreamer?
I think the best thing to do is to watch the video tutorials, start small (learn to walk before you can run). Watch the Facebook “Units”, they have such a lot of information and techniques that are invaluable to a newbie. The website also has sooooo much information and watching the “The power of search” video is so very helpful in quiding you through all sections of the site.