Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there and most especially to the beautiful, intelligent, funny, loving, and special woman I'm lucky enough to call Mom. She taught me to work hard, be both kind & generous, and that it's perfectly okay to eat lemon meringue pie for breakfast. 😁 Love you lots. ❀ #juliesmomisawesome

Freezing our butts off on this windy day watching the #headofthecharles regatta. In this photo I am wearing three blankets. 🌬😬😜 #juliesmomisawesome

Met Mom for lunch & discovered that we were accidentally dressed alike in black turtleneck sweaters! Oops! πŸ™ŠπŸ˜¬πŸ˜‚ #twins πŸ‘― #juliesmomisawesome

I've noticed lots of new followers & I wanted to welcome you & introduce myself! My name is Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Fei-Fan is my middle name -- pronounced fey fan -- it's Chinese & means unique.
I live & work in the Greater Boston area. I actually grew up in this area, but moved away for college (Rhode Island) and then to New York City, where I lived for 16 years. I wasn't sure if I'd like coming home to Boston, but after a year back here, I can tell you that I love it! .
I make all kinds of stuff -- paintings, mixed media collage, embroidery, quilts, hand carved stamps (Check out my book #carvestampplay), drawings & doodles, pocket scrapbooks/Project Life, art journals, hand bound books, cards & paper crafts, jewelry -- bead weaving, stringing, and metalwork, & more! Sometimes I think that I ought to focus in on one thing or another & have a specialty. But I just can't seem to force myself to do that. My creativity is driven by curiosity. And curiosity is a wild & free creature that cannot be controlled! .
I blog five days a week over at www.balzerdesigns.typepad.com. January is dedicated to celebrating my ten-year blogiversary with giveaways, posts from the archives, new tutorials, & so much more! .
I make a lot of videos & post them over on my YouTube channel (my username is milkcanNYC -- I used to be the Artistic Director of The Milk Can Theatre Company in NYC). Videos are tutorials, product reviews, process overviews, & weekly vlogs -- each Wednesday I release a ten-minute vlog that gives you a peek into my week. The Julie's World Vlogs are packed with art, food, family, friends, and fun! .
My Mom #juliesmomisawesome & I host The Adventures in Arting Podcast every other week-ish (free on iTunes). We chat about all things art -- sometimes with a guest & sometimes without. .
You can find my TV show -- Make It Artsy -- on your local PBS station (it plays at 3am here in Boston) or online at the @makeitartsytv website. .
I love everything art as well as puzzles & games, sci fi, trashy historical romance novels, exploring new places, 90s hip hop, food of all kinds, learning things, & funny people. Thanks for letting me share my artful life with you! 😘

Amazing meal for just 9 points!! #juliesmomisawesome Two kinds of salad -- no oil in either and just 1 tsp of sugar in the #cucumbersalad. The #stew is #lentils, #carrots, #onions, #garlic, #celery, #mushrooms, #cilantro, #spinach, #shrimp, #cuminseed, #pepper, #chickenbroth, #lime, and no fat #greekyogurt. So yummy! #whatjulieate

Friday night date. πŸ™ŒπŸ‘…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œ#goodtimes #likemotherlikedaughter #juliesmomisawesome #wip #selfie

Happy Mothers Day πŸ’ to all the mamas out there, and most especially my gorgeous, smart, kind, talented, funny mama! #juliesmomisawesome

Mom is here!! πŸ‘― #JuliesMomisAwesome

Been feeling a little down on myself lately. Feeling like I look terrible and hating every photo of myself. My Mom texted me an old photo and a good reminder. It's so easy to forget the big picture in all the every day mess. #truth #cantseetheforestforthetrees #thanksmom #juliesmomisawesome #youvecomealongwaybaby

Maturity, sophistication, and poise run in the family.... πŸ˜‚ #photobomb #juliesmomisawesome #lasvegas

Me and my favorite sidekick are ready for another day at #CHAshow! Turns out that Mom is all kinds of famous! Lots of people come running over to say hi and tell her that they love her on our Adventures in #ArtingPodcast! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ I was talking to a lovely woman yesterday (Mom was not with me) and she said, "Oh, Julie! I'm so happy to meet you because I am such a huge long-time fan OF YOUR MOM!" #juliesmomisawesome #CHA2015

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