Freedom with fiction.

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This morning a friend called and asked me if I’d read my reviews lately. She knows I don’t read reviews and haven’t for a long time. It’s her standard lead in when she feels like she needs to tell me something important.
“Well, it’s the shower thing. Another person mentioned it.”
“Ok.”
“What are you going to do?”
“Absolutely nothing.”
This never goes over well. She thinks I should try to please everyone to gain a wider audience. I just can’t do that. When I wrote 1929 I knew there were no showers in the tenements. They were lucky to have a bathroom at all. Most of the time there was one filthy toilet room on each floor for everyone to share. I knew that there were mostly coal-burning stoves instead of fireplaces. And I tried writing it like that. But in my mind’s eye I saw it differently. Showers and fireplaces were in the more modern, well to do houses at the time. Was it a stretch to add an old rusty pipe leading from the faucet to a crude shower head into the tenement? Sure. For the most part, it isn’t historically accurate. And apparently, some people are getting hung up on that. At first I tried to justify it by thinking that perhaps the previous tenant was a shipbuilder and created it himself. I went through a dozen scenarios to justify its presence to myself. And then I realized I didn’t have to justify it. It was just there and it wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t. It was a stretch, but it’s fiction. I have creating freedom with fiction. And it isn’t as if Jonathan pulled out his iPhone while dodging a horse and buggy in the middle of the 1929 Stock Market crash. Even if I were tempted, the Muse would kill me if I tried to delete shower scene. It’s her favorite. And in case the nit-pickers forgot, on one of the first pages there are two words. For Lisa. This whole thing started out as entertainment for just her and I. My working title was a joke between us. It was called, “Killing time til Diana Gabaldon puts out another book.” That’s a mouthful so we shortened it to 1929.
So, if the shower or fireplace caused someone to put down the book, I’m sorry. Will I change it? No way. I have to be true to what I see. And I have to write not to please the masses, but as I have from the start. For Lisa.

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Truthful Tuesday. What you can expect.

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I must have a focus and direction for this blog or else it will sit blank and useless. I have been there and done that. In playing around with a few ideas I have come up with a schedule of sorts. Just to narrow it down so I don’t wake up each morning and wonder what the heck I’m going to write about. At first I was going to keep it to myself on a calendar to stay organized. But then I thought I should share it with readers so they can know what to expect. My goal is to create content everyday that leaves readers with the feeling that they got something out of two minutes they spent here. Here’s what I came up with.
Momprenuer Monday– Online shopping changed for me when I found Etsy. I love this site. I love talking to the moms/women that make things and decided that I wanted to give one blog day a week to them, showcasing the lovely things they make. I post it to fb, twitter and pintrest on a board just for them.
Truthful Tuesday This is where I let people get to know me a little more. I’ve decided to push myself to talk about things that I’d normally be reserved to talk about to a global audience of strangers. Things I’d normally only talk to my best friends about. No matter what the topic you can count on me to be 100% truthful.
Wordsmith Wednesday Here’s where I bring you a blog that I found interesting, helpful or entertaining. Go on over and show them some love.
Theatre Thursday Since it’s truthful Tuesday, I’ll be honest that this is almost like a day off for me. I will post something visual or a piece of audio relating to the twenties, thirties or great depression. I love video reels from that time and the music takes you to another place.
Frugal Friday This will be a day for anything that relates to frugality in what I believe is this generations Great Depression. Links to websites, frugal recipes, helpful tips, that sort of thing.
Sneak Peek Saturday For those who want a peek into 1930, I will post small peeks from the first draft starting this Saturday.
Sunday Family Day I won’t post on Sunday. It’s a family day for us and as busy as my life is getting, I need to keep that tradition.

So, there’s what you can expect from me. I hope you’ll enjoy it and share with your friends!

Jessica Zeedyk , Owner and Artisan of Hand Painted Glassware by Jessica

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I hand paint glassware, mostly wine glasses, creating one of a kind custom orders and designs. Currently I am filling mostly wedding occasion glasses. I have a wide range of designs and I can accommodate most orders, I usually have people send me a photo and I make it my own by mostly free handing the image and adding different design aspects.

I started the business October 2011, selling wholesale to a local gift shop that found me on etsy. I filled orders through the shop as well as consigned my own designs. I have been selling on etsy since starting as well, but things really started to pick up when I added the custom wedding glasses. Now I sell mostly through etsy, through my facebook page , the occasional craft fair and to friends and family.

I have been a stay at home mom since I was pregnant with my son and first child (now 7). Then after my second (now 4) was a little over three years old and more independent, I was looking for ways to contribute to my family income, while still being able to stay home. My favorite thing about it is the flexibility, I can set my own schedule and I don’t have to miss my kids getting out of school, enjoying their summers with them, that mid-day conference, etc. I feel like i have the ability to fulfill my need to be creative and contribute and still be there for my kids and my family.
You can find my work on Etsy
and can email me directly at handpaintedbyjess@gmail.com
Find me on facebook too!

Advice to other moms who want to work from home-
I would say don’t give up to easily, there are lots of talented businesses out there so it is often hard to make things happen, be patient. I have been at it for over a year and things are just now picking up for me. Utilize social media and make sure you do something you really love doing because if it does take off you want to be stuck doing something you love to do! Another thing, and probably my own biggest struggle, be confident and be proud of what you put out there!

Keeping it alive

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I came across Misty on YouTube  about a year ago. I have watched nearly all of her videos and her way of life has been an inspiration to me and thousands of others across America. I am fascinated and somewhat envious of the simplicity, frugality and humility of this energetic woman! I find myself stuck between wanting to drink from a mason jar and a Waterford goblet. Between making handmade dresses and wearing a red-carpet gown. Stuck between this time and that. She lives in that time and no matter how beautiful the goblet or how shiny the dress, I’m drawn to that time just a little more. And I have to admit, I’ve used her videos a lot to describe scenes and actions on Caleb’s farm. I’ve never milked a cow or butchered a chicken and her videos give me a visual to work with. (There were no chickens killed in the writing of 1929) 😉

The Muse and I actually made her homemade cough syrup. I renamed it “Kentucky CureAll, since my grandma was born in Haymond, Kentucky and I imagine this is similar to what her family might have used when they were sick. It certainly reminds me of how her family must have lived tucked up in the woods. These are skills that are dying with the last of the generation that survived the Great Depression. I am so happy to see someone teaching them to others and keeping them alive.

You can find Misty on Youtube and Facebook.