Friday, December 17, 2010

My Childhood Bedroom…


Blog for digs is a fundraiser being organized by interior designer/blogger Claudia Clobes and Beth Dotolo of Hello Splendor. Several bloggers have chosen to participate in this wonderful cause, which allows design bloggers and its readers to give back to the one thing we love design. All monies raised during Blog for digs, will benefit Dwell with Dignity. Those that are not familiar with Dwell for Dignity, here is a brief summary.

Dwell with Dignity is a non-profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. We provide and install home interiors for families that include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry. Our mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design. One household at a time.

Talk about a great organization. Below are a few before/after photos of what they have done for some very special people.

Before and After Picture

Before and After Picture

Its funny that this is the topic of this post. Unfortunately, I did not have a childhood bedroom. Believe me, I dreamed of one and wanted one so badly. I shared a room with my mother, and little sister during my upbringing. My mother was a single parent, and we lived with my grandparents. I was always in aww though of my friends rooms. I never wanted for any material thing, expect my own room. So since I don’t have photos. I will post what I wish my room looked like.

I always wanted a canopy bed as a kid. I have one now.

This was my baby. I took her everywhere with me. I loved her…until

Baby alive came into the picture…I feed her everything. I loved her until….

THE CABBAGE PATCH KIDS came into play. Fun times.

Although the space was limited, I had this huge house which I loved, and played with everyday. I had so many Barbie's that I turned them into The Knots Landing Cast.

I attended Catholic School, and we were being taught on Apple Computers. So my Grandmother decided she wanted to get me a computer to use at home. Some how the salesman turned her from an Apple to a Commodore 64. BIG WASTE of money. I never had a chance to do anything with this thing. I have no clue what happened to it. But her heart was in the right place. I was happy that Christmas even if I couldn’t work it.














I loved the Jets ( I GOT A CRUSH ON YOU) and wanted to be their friend so bad as a kid. I had their poster on the wall, along with every other poster from Right On magazine.

jets 2

I was one of those kids that loved to play office. So my Aunt ordered me some notes from Lillian Vernon with my name on them. I played office in our room, and had these little papers everywhere. Fun times though.


This was great fun, and it brought back so many memories….

If you would like to donate to Dwell with Dignity, please click here.

Up next is Girl From North Country on 12/20

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StonehouseLove said...

Tamara-Thanks for sharing your story! My little sister also shared a room with my mom but at least we all got to be together, like you did with your mom and sister. I even remember sleeping with my grandmother when I was really little!

Your grandmom probably knew you would grow up to be a successful business woman and how sweet that she bought you a computer.

Thanks again for being a part of Blog for Digs. Your support means the world to the families in need.

Have a happy holiday season!


Raims said...

I think it's so cool that your grandmother purchased you a computer. This post brought back some fond childhood memories. I guess one could say I was extremely spoiled (I was no brat though). I had a canopy bed and a day bed. I always had two beds in my room growing up until I was 12 yrs old & my parents bought me a queen size bed. I loved my canopy bed though- had the Strawberry Shortcake comforter, sheets & curtains. Ahhh! I adored that set. I still have my cabbage doll [Dollie Reba]. I got her when I was 4 yrs old & have never let her go (still upset my mother tried to give her away when I was 18 yrs old). I still have that Barbie Dollhouse too. All the doors & windows are long gone(thanx to my lil' sis) but when little girls visit my parents home, they enjoy playing with it & all my old Barbies. THE JETS! I use to sneak into my oldest brother's room & sneak his cassette tape, close the doors to my bedroom & sing The Jets song to all my dolls & stuffed animals. Those were the days :)

Wishing very BLESSED holidays to you & yours!

Shop Gal said...

OMG, you brought back such memories. I had that same Barbie Dream House. I loved that thing. It is still in storage in my Mom's basement. Perfect condition except my little sister yanked one of the doors off and broke the little tab that held it in place. I rigged it with a piece of folded masking tape. I also loved playing Office (and School) with supplies my Mom brought home from work. And last, but not least, I loved the Jets song "Crush on You" as a young teen. Thanks for a great post!

NYCLQ said...

Just wanted to let you know ~ I LOVE your blog style! Hope you're enjoying a happy holiday season!

:D Lynda

Katie said...

Hi! I'm new to your blog :) This post took me down memory lane! I had that same Strawberry Shortcake doll and Baby Alive and I loved them both too. Stop by sometime :)

designerchik said...

OMG this is too funny your whole doll history matches almost exactly my 2 daughters and that barbie house (I think I loved more than them)is in my basement NOW!

Jazzynickel said...

What a great way to give back! I'll most certainly be checking that out.

Thanks, Tam!


Tia said...

This is a great story idea. I love the images of your dolls, and that you posted an image of what you would have wanted your room to look like if you had your own growing up. I shared a room with my little sister until I went to college. But it was the best time of my life!