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  1. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year

    December 16, 2011 by siera104

    I was looking for a printable calendar for my desk at work and I could not find one that was pretty enough so I made one. Here it is. Feel free to print it and use it too. The holidays that are in a different color are the days I do not have to work.


    A pretty Calendar for you (link is to PDF version)

  2. Smith Family Tree

    May 30, 2010 by siera104

    I am very lucky to have most of my genealogical research done by my relatives. I find the information fascinating, old stories, who is related to whom and all of that jazz. For most of my life though the Smith family origins and family tree were cloudy. So one day I asked my Aunt Norma, and she confirmed that my Great-Great – Grandfather Joseph Smith was a German Immigrant. The next time we met she gave me this nifty document (Smith Family History) about Joseph Smith, a C&O canal boat builder and an avid hunter, even into his spry golden years. She made a nice outline of the family tree, but I had some trouble figuring out the generations and such. So I made this image of the Smith Family Tree. (Family Members, please contact me: Siera104@gmail. com and please help me complete and/or correct this tree. I would be more than happy to ad photos and more information!) Thanks, and enjoy.

    Update, since I originally posted this information to the web a cousin, Pamela Rhodes Smith contacted me. She was kind enough to send me some photos of the family to post. Check them out, here.


    Please contact me if you have any updates or changes


  3. Van Dell Bobbles

    July 28, 2009 by siera104

    This summer has been my Van Dell Summer. Last spring I bought this beautiful necklace from a local antique shop called Appleseed’s (it’s now only opened intermediately announced via Times-News). I took it home and seen a Van Dell label on the back.

    First Van Dell

    Van Dell is a costume jewelry company operating in the 1940’s usually used brilliant Austrian Crystals and relatively heavier gold plating on their jewelry; hence why they still look so good over these years. Van Dell’s jewelry usually contains furnishes, flowers and bows.

    Early this summer I searched Etsy for some Van Dell jewelry some pieces struck me, here they are. A green stone round necklace with signature Van Dell flourishes, with matching earrings.

    I really love the weight of the chain, from pinkdahlia22’s Etsy Shop Finally Etsy seller Nonpareils provided me with simple yet classic Hematite earrings sand necklace set, I love to wear the set to work days when I where lots of black and white.

    I also purchased form Nonpareils, a triple bow and turquoise stone necklace, the gold plate has not stood the test of time but I like how the brassy tone accentuates the blue stones. When I was sorting through my great grandma Sally’s estate I found a worn box… with the Van Dell tag inside… containing a Van Dell pin, flourishes, flowers, and bows. What a find… I didn’t even know it was in my basement in a box of china! Here are some Van Dell pieces I fancied from recent Etsy search for this post. 

  4. Cross Country

    September 8, 2007 by siera104

    In the Summer of 2007, my M’am-Mall and Pap Pap Donnie took me on a cross-country vacation. It was very memorable. We visited lots of National Parks, like the Badlands, Yellowstone, The Grand Canyon (south rim), Mount Rushmore, The Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert. My excuse for going along was to check out Graduate Schools with Environmental Engineering programs, particularly Montana Tech. We also met up with my Grandfather’s cousin Lloyd, who took us on a tour of central California. It took us about three weeks and 7,000 miles to make the trip.