Saturday, December 19, 2015

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer: Mixed media artists, blogger, TV host and author

Paint, brushes, stencils, stamps, and creativity can come together into one amazing project. I recently became interested in mixed media projects and started doing research on different methods to use.

As I looked all over the internet, one mixed media artist would lead me to the next one. I hope in the following weeks to continue highlighting some of the best mixed media artists and their blogs and videos.

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer of New York City

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is a mixed-media artist in New York City. She's also a TV host, blogger, author and teacher. Balzer has videos on YouTube and a blog where she shares everything from her favorite products to tutorials on how to do art work like hers.

I love her blog, Balzer Designs because she has daily tips on tools and products she uses on her projects. She has her favorite tutorials that feature everything from painting techniques to doodling ideas.

If that isn't enough, Balzer also hosts Scrapbook Soup on PBS which also has a number of videos.

Balzer has fun doing her art and it shows in her videos. Her blog tutorials are also simple to follow. Bookmark her website, blog and YouTube channel. Balzer is an inspiration.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Do-It-Yourself Infinity Scarf, Easy tutorial

Photo courtesy: H is for Handmade
I sew a lot and I always have fabric left over. Don't toss out those scraps, because you may have enough to make an infinity scarf. What's great about these scarves is that you can wear them different ways and out of different types of fabrics.

H is for Handmade has these easy instructions. The blog has all the steps to make one in one afternoon.  Click here for the tutorial. 

I also found a video on YouTube that has the simple instructions you can follow along. Both have the information you need to make one now.


Go find that fabric and make a few of them, for friends, family or a bunch just for you.

If you make one let me know in comments below. I would love to post a photo of your project on my Best Crafters Facebook page. 

Happy crafting!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Basic Sewing: Selecting a sewing machine, pattern and fabric

It feels great when I'm wearing an outfit and someone tells me they like it, and I get to say "I made it!" Most people are shocked because they can't believe it, and often women say "I wish I knew how to sew."

Today with YouTube there is no reason you can't learn how to sew. You don't even have to leave your home. Here are some sewing videos for starters.

by the Crafty Gemini

by Mad Queen

by Jo-Ann Fabrics

Happy Sewing!