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One of eight Stained Glass Hanukkah menorahs on display through January 4 at the Bucks County Visitor's Center in Bensalem PA

Hanukkah Lights!

Visit Bucks County’s Holiday Tree event at the Bucks County Visitor’s Center in Bensalem, PA, features over a dozen Christmas ...
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Happy Mother’s Day!

Well, my mother will be on a cruise. My daughter will be working at the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. Marty and ...
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Beginner stained glass student Suzy created two beautiful suns, one as a gift for her sister

Learn the Art of Stained Glass!

If you've always wanted to learn the art of Stained Glass (and who wouldn't?!) a new class session starts on ...
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learn the art of stained glass creation from me at The Art Center at Ambler in January 2019

Learn Stained Glass from me!

During this past year, many of you have mentioned that you'd love to learn how to create stained glass yourself ...
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knit inspired items created by Jill Tarabar for JiSTdesigns, stained glass from a knitter's hand and vice verse

Knit Inspired

What inspires you? Sometimes inspiration seems so random. Most recently, inspiration came during a quick trip to my local Joann ...
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A wall of tombstones at a destroyed Jewish cemetery in Poland combines stained glass, etched glass and wire knitting to commemorate all that were lost

From Darkness into Light

Part 1: From Darkness How do you approach an event or destination that you know will be difficult and depressing? ...
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The back of my new design Turning Leaves Shawl or Poncho available on etsy JiSTknits and Ravelry

Turning Leaves Shawl (slash) Poncho

Finally... finally... finally I've written and published the pattern for my Turning Leaves Shawl / Poncho! Why did it take ...
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stained glass peace sign, tree of life mantle art, wire knit jewelry and more will be for sale at the Peace Fair on Sept 23, 2017

Peace Fair – Saturday, September 23

Peace. Is it black and white? Shades of gray? or Rainbow colors? Explore all the shades of Peace on Saturday, ...
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Lime Cuff Bracelet, Wire Knit Cuff Bracelet, Swarovski Pearl Bracelet, Wire and Bead Cuff Bracelet, Wide green bracelet, knit wire jewelry by JiSTjewels on Etsy

Summer’s not over yet! Labor Day Sale

I'm participating in Etsy's site-wide sale though Monday, September 4... Labor Day! Take 15% off any item in my JiSTjewels ...
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Its my birthday and i'll have a sale if i want too so take 15% off any item in each of my etsy shops JiSTglass, JiSTknits, or JiSTjewels through Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Happy Birthday to ME!

It's only once that you reach a milestone birthday... or any birthday for that matter... but all are cause for ...
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Hand knit chuppah for Jacob and Rachel's wedding in May of 2015

It is a tree of life…

Months ago (almost 2 years now actually) I mentioned a project that began with "I can do that" and proceeded ...
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JiSTdesigns craft show display photographed at Bang!Boom!CRAFT! on Passyunk Ave in South Philadelphia July 2017

First steps back into the crafting life…

As some of you know, my full time day job ended as of June 27, 2017 when the nonprofit I ...
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Skillshare course image knit a mobius with beads as taught by Jill Tarabar of JiSTknits

Learn From Me!

Years ago, I taught an Intro to Stained Glass class through our local adult ed program. This weekly course was ...
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close up of some of the circles including bevels that have been cut to fit specific shapes

Balanced Asymmetry

During a recent home redecorating project, we widened the doorway between our living room and dining room in order to ...
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They call me a Fearless Knitter

And this is why... What is the most challenging project you've ever thought about knitting? A sweater with shaping and sleeves? ...
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ShipFREE Cyber Monday thru Dec. 14th!

December... De-summer... What happens when you plan a vacation... your summer vacation... for the first week in December? Free shipping, ...
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JiSTdesigns… Open for Business!

Take a look at my hand knit wire bracelets, necklaces and earrings! What do you think? I'm having fun creating ...
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Taking it to the Streets!

We're taking it to the streets... Main Street in Lansdale, PA that is! Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 10 am to ...
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What was I thinking?

I've learned a lot about myself over the past year. I've learned that 3 shops on Etsy - in addition ...
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An Extraordinary Discovery

Have you ever spent time in a new place, wandering aimlessly from your hotel with a vague destination in mind ...
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Front Page News!

One of my items, a wonderfully warm hand knit cowl, landed on the front page of Etsy on New Year's ...
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Simple Knit Triangle Shawl – Border #1

One of the easiest borders to add to your Simple Knit Triangle Shawl base is a ruffle.  Hot right now, ...
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Simple Knit Triangle Shawl free Pattern

Many of the shawls found in my shop, JiSTknits on Etsy start with a simple triangle from which individual garments evolve ...
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Let me in!

Sitting at my computer on Saturday afternoon, I looked up to see a cardinal staring at me.  Well, to be ...
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Yeah! Spring!

'A POP of Color in PA' by JiSTdesigns Yeah!!! Spring!!! Dude Card in Pink ClaireandMeDes... $3.50 Wearing of the Green ...
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Featuring JiSTglass and more…

One of stained glass picture frames was selected to be featured in the Stylish Home Catalog which showcases Etsy sellers ...
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A “Make it work” moment or perhaps… Just Do It!

The concepts materialize.. the words flow brilliantly... And then I step out of the shower... crap! What was I thinking? ...
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Split Personality

Glass and fiber couldn't be more different.  Sharp, clear, rigid... soft, lofty, pliable. But something draws me to both of ...
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Welcome to JiSTdesigns!

Welcome to JiSTdesigns! Today is the first sunny spring day we've had in forever... and here I sit in front ...
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