Welcome to the new series called “Coffee talks”. I wanted to create this section for a while now. Some time ago I realize I do not communicate or simply share with you what I’m doing/ thinking and even though some of you have been following me for a while now, don’t know what I do for a living. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, but I want you to get to really know me. Then and only then my actions will make much more sense to you, at least that’s what I hope.
So where shall we start? Probably from the beginning right 🙂 and as I changed my blog a few years ago. From Blogspot to WordPress without moving any content I lost Hello/Welcome/ Introduction post. Well, so here it is. After 4 years in the blogosphere, I shall begin to write my “Hello it’s me!” post.
Let me take you all the way back to 2010, a year where it all started. At that time I was still going to Intermediate school and kind of trying to figure out what to do with myself. A bit rebellious a bit tired of boring life, I was always looking at pictures online and wanting things I do not have and simply can’t afford. Back then my main source of inspiration was Zszywka, something similar to Pinterest but in a Polish version. I could spend hours looking through that website, but what interested me the most was DIY section. I’m talking about those before and after ideas that you can remake your clothes.
Of course, back then I had no idea how to use a sewing machine or sew in general. So I’ve started small. Adding some heart-shaped patches on the elbows/ knees or adding on some pearls to my sweater the possibilities were endless. I’ve enjoyed it so much I’ve started to remake all of my clothes ( I still remember my mum shouting at me for chopping brand new top because I wanted to make something else) Ahh good times.. the real fun began when my grandma offered me to use her sewing machine and I’m not talking about those little domestic ones. Imagine a massive Singer sewing machine with cabinet and foot pedals, yes… that’s the one I’m talking about. I still remember how hard for me back then was to move this foot pedal with my tiny legs.
After a while, remaking clothes I already have wasn’t just enough and I wanted more and more… That’s when I started to visit second hands stores on a weekly basis. Buying vintage clothes for the really low price and remaking them. Then I decided to upload my before and after pictures to Zszywka ( as I mentioned above, something along the lines of Pinterest) On my first few posts I got so many views ( it was probably like 15 but back then I felt like it was a lot) and as I was uploading more and more, my views started to grow. At that point, I decided to create a blog in which I’ll be showing step by step how I remake clothes.
My first ever blog was created in 2010 and called “x3caroline” until now I’m not sure of why I decided to call it that way. “x3” meant to be a heart at some point and I’ve must’ve liked my name (Karolina) in English (Caroline). In there I’ve been spreading my DIY love and share my makes. As my audience grew I decided to move on and create my own website on which you are right now. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned why I decided to call my blog and my Instagram that way (tintofmint) Some of my friends thought mint is my favourite colour.
Well.. no. Name of the blog comes from the colour of a sweater which as I first I’ve posted on my old blog. I remember it so clearly. It was a mint button-down sweater that I bought in size 12 in a second hand. That blog post showed how I made this jumper from size 12 to size 8 and was called “tint of mint”. Well, there you go. Now you know the story behind. I wish if you could let me know what was your suspicion. I am really curious what was your guess.
As the website grew I started to post more about travel/ beauty or just some outfit inspirations. I still feel there is a lot to be done and I’m trying to get better and better every day. And of course, now I do not remake clothes from second hand, but I make them completely from scratch. From designing. drawing a patter, selecting fabric to actually making clothes. Now I’m working on a line of clothes. This is something I’ve been dreaming of and I am so happy to see it coming true. I can’t wait to show you what I’m working on! At that point, I must thank you guys for supporting my work. Without you, I won’t be able to grow and continue doing what I love. I’m going to end this post now, to do not make it too long and overwhelming for you. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post as much as me writing it. Until next time!