Etsy Guardian Craft day
Etsy Guardian Craft day
BulanLifestyle Design
BulanLifestyle Design

I just spent the afternoon at The Guardian Coffee Shop at Box Park, Shoreditch attending the Etsy and Guardian reader craft event. Jonna Saarinen, the talented designer led the workshop.

It was a very relaxed informal, friendly and fun event. When we arrived, we check in and were sent to the bar round the other side of the room to grab a complimentary drink. After everyone arrived, Jonna, gave us a little talk on how to block print on tea towels and shortly after, we set off to make our own. She brought her own block prints and paints which we could use.

There were about 10 other people. I only managed to speak to the few next to me. Everyone had their own stories and came from different backgrounds. Most were artistic and craft related. Sabina and Victoria both have their own successful Etsy stores. Another lady who worked on computer graphics was about to embark on the Etsy journey

A big thank you for the event. I not only took away my first hand block print linen tea towel but also met some really interesting and talented people.

About the event:

Etsy & Guardian Reader Craft Event

Etsy and The Guardian have partnered up to offer an afternoon of craft workshops for 30 lucky Guardian readers on Wednesday 17th July.

The workshops will be held at The Guardian Coffee Shop in BoxPark and will be hosted by Etsy seller Jonna Saarinen (

In the hour and a half sessions Jonna and the Etsy team will be on hand to help you block print a tea towel in any design you choose! 

Jonna Saarinen is a Central St Martin’s graduate and set up her Etsy shop in 2011 as an outlet to sell her printed homewares.