About Christina Hornby-Waring

I am an expat from Australia living in Amsterdam who enjoys all things crafty, especially making things with felt. For me, felt is the perfect material, it is so easy to use and so versatile, perfect for beginners and seamstresses. My other love is shopping and markets, I love nothing more than rummaging through markets and spotting a bargain or finding my own little treasure, and the bonus about moving overseas is there are so many new markets to discover.

Fun Felt Animal Masks for kids


Felt Animal Masks
(pattern purchased at http://www.etsy.com/shop/EbonyShae)

I have been having lots of fun making these cute animal masks which I purchased from Ebony Shae designs. 

Her designs are really affordable at only a couple of dollars each and easy to download.

You can make one of these furry felt friends in a couple of hours with just a few felt pieces and some elastic. I made these for my niece Kiera and hope to upload some of her wearing these ASAP.

wet felted computer sleeve

Wet Felted Laptop Sleeve

Wet felted laptop sleeve

Wet felted laptop sleeve

I have been very lucky to be the recipient of  a new MacBook Air, so instead of buying a sleeve to protect it, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at wet felting a laptop sleeve. Everyone seems to be toting around a laptop, ipad, notebook or mobile phone of some kind these days so this is the perfect gift idea and it is very easy to adapt this method to any computer or phone as long as you have the dimensions of the device. Do not be put off by the length of this tutorial, It is relatively easy and the steps are mostly repetitive, so give it a go and lets get felting…. Continue reading

Needle felted whale baby rattle

Needle felted baby rattle by Milo & Ben

Needle felted baby rattle by Milo & Ben

While browsing the internet this morning I came across this fabulous tutorial by Melissa, from Milo & Ben for an adorable needle felted whale rattle. I have not done much needle felting, but Melissa makes it seem so easy and this rattle is so cute, I think I will have to give it a try. I will keep you updated with my attempts. Have a look at Melissa’s other needle felted creations on her Etsy page or check out her blog.

Felt cherry blossom sprigs, tutorial

Felt cherry blossom sprig

Spring is in the air and the cherry blossom trees are blooming in a beautiful array of pink and white flowers.  Unfortunately though, these blossoms only last a few weeks at most,  and then, these beautiful flowers float away for another year.

So let us make some lovely cherry blossom sprigs that will last all year long. To make these lovely sprigs you will first need to make at least 10 wet felted cherry blossoms depending on how many sprigs you would like to make. When you have made your lovely felted cherry blossoms, and they are dry, you are ready to make your cherry blossom sprigs in 3 very easy steps…
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Old Spitalfields Market, London


Beaytiful Jewelery from littlepearlbutton at Spitalfields markets

Divine jewelery from littlepearlbutton at Spitalfields markets

Old Spitalfields Market is my all time favourite London market, as the stalls are often run by the designers themselves, so you get to meet and talk to the makers; it is undercover, perfect for the London weather; and it is surrounded by great shops. This market is open everyday,  but the main market days are Thursday till Sunday with each day different themes and different stalls so check out their website to see what is coming up this month. Continue reading

Wet felted flower, tutorial

Felted cherry blossoms

Felted cherry blossoms

It is spring in Amsterdam at the moment and all the parks and gardens are blooming with colourful flowers, so I thought we should do a tutorial inspired by spring, cherry blossoms. Felt flowers are an easy way to begin making 3D felted projects, as they are small and easy to handle and limited only by your own imagination. Felt flowers are very versatile and once you have made a few you, you can use them on hair clips, to decorate clothing, presents or as a brooch. I will show you in the next tutorial a few ideas and ways to use these pretty little blossoms. Continue reading

Portobello Road Markets

Antiques and collectibles at Portobello Road Markey

Antiques and collectibles at Portobello Road Markey

Portobello Road Market is one of London’s most well know markets for tourists and locals a like. Open Monday to Saturday from 9am with the main market day being Saturday when the antiques and bric-a-brac stalls also open and the crowds flock to this West London market. What I love about this market is that it is organised into different sections, and even on the busiest days there is still room to move. Continue reading

Notting Hill Farmers’ Market

Plant stalls at Notting Hill Gate farmers' market

Plant stalls at Notting Hill Gate farmers’ market

Notting Hill Gate farmers’ market is hidden away behind Waterstones in the Kensington Church Street car park  and is held every Saturday from 9am. This small market is perfect for purchasing  some fresh local produce. If you are living or staying in the area this is the perfect place to sample some lovely cheeses,  fresh baked bread, honey, meat, chicken and fish as well as your weekly fruit and vegetables directly from the farmers. This is a local market and a great place to meet those who produce your food and pick up

Fruit and vegetable stalls at Notting Hill Gate farmers' market

Fruit and vegetable stalls at Notting Hill Gate farmers’ market

some great tips on how to best prepare your fresh produce.

Favourite Stall: Chegworth Valley Juices, who offer a delicious warm apple juice, perfect for those cold drizzly London mornings.

Short walk from Notting Hill Gate tube station.