Oh hi! 

I'm Danka. Welcome to my sewing blog!

I'm a Croatian/Swede living on the weird and wonderful island that is the UK. And I sew!

The Peppermint Store is a vanity project, no two ways about it. I love sewing, I love photographing and I love writing pointless texts. This is where I can indulge in all three.

I fell in love with sewing rather reluctantly. 

In elementary school we had textile crafts as a compulsory subject and I didn't care for it at all. 

In high school I chose to do the International Baccalaureate programme, and it involves this thing called CAS (Creativity, Action, Service). Not sure about the technicalities now, but when I did it it was not graded, however, you had to have completed a total of 150 hours doing something creative, something active (e.g. sports) and something good for the community around you (e.g. volunteering) to obtain the Diploma.

So...to fill the creative hours I borrowed my mom's sewing machine, dug out a few old things from my wardrobe and got to work. 

The aim was to fill 50 hours, and the outcome was a very passionate love for this handicraft that now, just over 10 years later, is still going strong. 

But this love is not without its problems. The biggest problem is that I'm lazy. French seams? Are you kidding me? Thinking about how to light a photo and fiddling with camera settings? Don't think so. But if it's one thing I've learnt from my BA** in psychology it's that when you have to show others your work you'll do a better job. It's called social facilitation theory, the idea that the presence of others can cause an improvement in performance. So, enter ThePeppermintStore.blogspot.com.

The aim was to improve my sewing by having to post pictures of my projects, but the outcome was discovering a wonderful world of talented, amazing and inspirational sewers and improving by being inspired each time I read sewing blogs. 

*If you wonder about the blog name, it's from a David Holmes track the intro of which got stuck in my head while I was thinking about starting a blog. It's a fun track, but I don't seem to be able to find a good link anywhere.

**Just kidding, this is knowledge from high school psychology. My BA mostly taught me stuff about rat and monkey brains.