I’m writing you today because something told me to get this out. Partially to express my gratitude and partially to give you some insight into the motivation behind what we do and how much time and love goes into every little project.
Firstly, the motivation. In 2009 when I helped start SVGCuts.com, some of the motivation was financial survival with a heaping spoonful of helping a pretty and talented girl realize her dream of “having a shop where she sells cute things”. That’s not to say that if I failed, I’d end up on the streets, no-no. I have family to fall back on, but the motivation was to work and make my parents proud, especially my dad. I’ll tell you why…..
When I was younger, I didn’t really realize how significant my Dad’s decision was to leave Poland (during the Cold War / when Poland declared martial law). Today, I do. I could not imagine leaving my wife and child back home, to start a brand new life in a foreign land. With almost no money and no comprehension of the language, he did just that. Everyday I wake up and if I feel tired or overwhelmed or frustrated, I channel the vision of my Dad landing in the US for the first time. Scared, uncertain, nervous, but most importantly, determined. Selflessly determined to get us out of what was a very oppressed country full of political and economic hardship. He wanted so much more for us. Well Dad, you did it. I love you so much for that and it’s my goal to keep the torch of hard work and persistence burning for the next generation.
Being on the front lines of SVGCuts for almost 7 years, and Dreaming Tree for almost a year now, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life. I’m not exactly sure why so many people opened up to me the way they did, but it really shed light on the fact that everyone is always going through some sort of struggle in life. Doesn’t matter how big or small, it seems we’re all facing something and doing our best to get through it.
One day, I got a phone call from a nice lady who was moved by one of the trailers for an autumn-themed SVG kit we just released. She had recently lost her sister and was doing her best to cope, so she took to paper crafts, her little escape, a way to keep her mind off things and in this case it doubled as a way to grieve. The music in the trailer was very moving and as soon as she saw the logo intro where the autumn leaves blew across the screen to reveal the SVGCuts logo, she became very emotional because her sister’s last days were during the peak fall season and she vividly remembered watching her sister observe the falling leaves, it was one of her last beautiful memories of her. She called to thank us for the wonderful projects and to share her story.
It was at that moment that I realized that I’m really doing something significant. Am I changing the world? That’s debatable, but I’m surely doing something that is helping people. Finally, a “job” where I get to do all of the things that I always wanted to do growing up (photography, video, and building something great) and having some sort of positive impact on the world.
Once I had the realization that what I was doing was helping people cope with hardship, it gave me more of a purpose. I’ve “been there” for people that have been hospitalized, sick, depressed, anxious, going through divorce and even people who have lost their children or have had their homes burn down. It’s quite remarkable to have the opportunity to make some sort of positive impact in these people’s lives. THIS is one of my main motivating factors. Just thought you all should know.
The motivation…it’s what gets me up in the morning, it’s what helped me decide to stay in the electronic cutting machine world despite my personal hardships. This motivation is what keeps my mind thinking and dreaming up the next project. It’s what pushes me to bring together the most brilliant and capable minds to help realize this “dream”. (Thanks Ron, and Diana).
Currently, we’re only capable of bringing you a handful of amazing 3D items every month, but believe me, it’s not from a lack of effort. I really wish I could give you a glimpse into the processes involved in bringing these ideas to life. The amount of time spent sketching, brainstorming, engineering, prototyping, assembling, photographing, filming, editing, etc. Depending on the complexity, we could potentially spend a week or so fine tuning a project so that you, the crafter, have an amazing experience to help you “get away” by doing what you love. The last thing I want is for you to be frustrated when you retreat to your craft room to let go of everything else going on in life.
(Side Note: Oh! And I realize that crafting is also part of the good things in life! Weddings, new babies, birthdays etc! It’s amazing how this craft fits in with every single emotion and experience in life.)
With each project, I put myself in the shoes of the crafter and ask myself….”is this product not only beautiful and desirable, but intuitive and easy to assemble”?. If the answer is no, we fix it until I can whole-heartedly say yes.
In conclusion, I want to thank all of you for supporting the site since our launch on September 23rd, 2015. I also want to thank everyone for understanding and appreciating the amount of time and love that goes into each individual 3D paper project. Trust me, if I could wave a magic want to bring these projects to life, I would! LOL. Life would be so much easier!
I just wanted to let you all know that there is a “bigger” story behind each project. I wanted you to understand the motivation that drives Dreaming Tree.
I’ve experienced the joy of bringing smiles and happiness to people through paper and wake up everyday with a “love” mentality. Of course this is a business and it needs to be profitable to work and endure the test of time, but in the last few years, I’ve realized that when the efforts come from a place of love, they’re more likely to succeed.
If you have any questions or concern, please call me. I’m here to listen. 630.509.1002
Dreaming Tree Founder and Photographer