A Writing Nook for Charlotte

As mentioned in a previous post, this Perkins Brailler has become a permanent fixture in our home. 

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Just like you and I need easy access to a pen and paper, little Charlotte needs something quick and accessible too. And just like sighted children who develop writing skills by first scribbling with crayons, Charlotte “scribbles” on her brailler. 

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However, her “crayon” is bigger and heavier than most, and can’t be simply tucked in a drawer.  So, we tucked it in a closet instead. 

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We took off the closet door, and my handy husband made a desk top and built it in.  I lined the back of the closet with burlap for a bulletin board effect.

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I painted and distressed an old chair a creamy white, then used a thrift store shirt to make a little skirt.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know this wasn’t my first time repurposing clothing.

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I thought the tag in the shirt was so cute, I decided to utilize it.
 
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When I started out this project, my vision was for a wall of vintage braille flashcards above her desk. But when was the last time you happened upon vintage braille flashcards?  Me neither.  So I made my own…

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I found raised stick-on dots at the craft store.  Score!

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We can easily take the flashcards on and off the metal hooks for practical use.  They are for Charlotte to learn by touch and for the rest of us to learn by sight.

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I often think how humorous it is that God would place a blind child with me…  a woman so obviously drawn to aesthetics.  Perhaps it’s to help me “see” things from a different perspective.  Yes, I’m sure that’s part of it.

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But I suppose if nothing else, Charlotte has a mommy that will happily help her decorate her first home.  :)

66 comments:

  1. Charlotte is just the sweetest girl.. and so lucky to have a mommy like you! Her writing nook looks lovely and you did such a wonderful job with the cards. I never would have guessed it was a closet before. I love the idea of reusing that old shirt too, who would have known? Mmmm I might have to start looking in the clothes section too when I go thrifting to see what I can repurpose. God bless you, Maryann

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  2. she is beautiful
    your writing nook is beautiful
    & these words are beautiful

    i think you're awesome

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  3. Rie, You have got to be one of the most thoughtfully creative gals...I love how this nook fits perfectly in with the charm of the rest of your home but more so, you always amaze me with your dedication to your family on all your projects.
    Charlotte is beautiful!!! She's very lucky to have you and I agree, perhaps God did give her to you so you can both see things in a different perspective.

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  4. oh & i just read the last line...how sweet is that!!!!

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  5. She's the sweetest child. Love how you created your braille vintage alphabet set. Smart girl!

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  6. She is so beautiful and sweet and her little spot is just as lovely and sweet! How creative of you!

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  7. You and Charlotte are both blessed to have each other! She is a darling little girl.
    The nook that you've designed is functional and creative. I love how you repurposed the shirt, and the you're right the tag does look cute on it. Also, the flash cards that you made...how cool are they? I learn so much from blogs! What a talented lady you are.
    Susan : )
    http://sanctuaryhomebysusancooke.blogspot.com/

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  8. What a neat solution! The flashcards are great.

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  9. Those braille cards are wonderful. I've never seen vintage braille cards either. In fact, I'm not sure I've seen new ones for the VI kids we work with in my district. I have seen (and heard) braille writers before. I think her new little "office" is so cute.

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  10. Your post brought tears to my eyes. Charlotte is such a lovely little girl. Her eyes and smile are so angelic. You've created the perfect haven for her.

    Blessings,
    Susie

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  11. That is amazing...
    YOU are amazing!!!

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  12. She sure can lift your spirits with that smile.

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  13. Oh my..the last line you wrote brought a tear to my eye :) Charlotte is such a little doll! She is a very lucky little girl to have you for her mommy! Your blog post made me smile and realize that there are beautiful people in this world :)
    Hugs,
    Beth

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  14. She is one lucky (& adorable) little cutie!! And I agree, you're amazing. :o)

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  15. okay....got a little teary eyed at this one....

    first of all...I've missed you in blogland....
    and, second, Charlotte is beautiful.

    what a wonderful idea to help her learn and the rest of your family.....

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  16. Hi Rie. I am just going to say 'ditto' to the lovely Paige's comment! Such gorgeous pics of your little Charlotte. ~ Tina x

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  17. Oh, what a beautiful and special space you've created. Your little Charlotte is Adorable!

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  18. What a very beautiful area to study! It certainly looks lovely!

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  19. Charlotte is a beautiful little girl! And her special space is wonderful, your husband did a great job on her desk. Love all the special touches Rie.

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  20. I first scanned the pics in this post from gReader without really paying attention to the text, and thought 'cute nook, but who still uses a typewriter?'

    Your beautiful design caught my eye, but the fact that it is obviously appealing to individuals with different levels of accessibility says more about your success than anything. Universal design is an aspect of design that is far too often overlooked.

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  21. You have a lovely way of being clever and humble at the smae time. She's a lucky girl to have such a creative mum to guide her. I am sure you both see new things through each other.

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  22. Beautiful nook ! Your daughter is so blessed to have such a creative mom !
    Kathy ( mom to precious daughter with hearing impairment and also adopted)

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  23. I am just a humble reader of your lovely blog. Your family is beautiful and you are so very creative. I adore your home as well.

    Precious little Charlotte, pure sunshine!!

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  24. What a beautiful little girl. I think God knew just what he was doing when he blessed you with that little soul. She will "show you" so many things in ways you never dreamed possible.

    I love the little nook you have created for her. A wonderful place to sit and learn. Hugs- Diana

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  25. I am very new to blogging but I recently found your blog... This post is so beautiful, both visually and emotionally! Really warmed my heart! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. You. Are. Amazing.

    Your last line brought tears to my eyes.

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  28. little Charlotte is adoreable.
    Love what you did with the closet to accommadate her needs.
    Pure genius with the flash cards. Love them.

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  29. What a neat space and an adorable little girl!

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  30. Charlotte is such a little cutie...you have created a wonderful little alcove for her.
    A beautiful post on many levels.
    Thanks for sharing with us all.
    Take care, Laura

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  31. What a sweet little spot you have made for Charlotte..She is adorable and so lucky to have come to you and your family..Also I am lovin the cards you made..So clever..

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  32. Charlotte is such an adorable little gal! You my dear, are a mother to be admired!!!!

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  33. This is so sweet. Your little girl has grown up so much since the last pictures I remember seeing of her! What a dimension she brings to your family!

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  34. She is the cutest! (And lucky to have you for a Mom!) I love how happy she looks!

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  35. Oh Rie this is the most beautiful little post and beautiful little girl!!:) LOVE her little nook!Hugs,Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

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  36. This post melted my heart! Love the Little Nook, and LOVE little Charlotte!

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  37. That is so gorgeous, Charlotte is so gorgeous, you are so gorgeous! I love what you have done to help your sweet little cherub out. I think you are blessed to have such a special little girl and she couldnt have been given a lovlier Mummy.
    Ness xx

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  38. That is one lucky little girl and you are one lucky mommy!!!!!

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  39. Rie- she is such a precious little angel and you are something else with your creativity! You've completely warmed my heart and inspired me for the day~ thank you!
    xo~
    T

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  40. Hi Rie,
    She IS a little angel! What a darling little happy girl! You are a great mom :):)

    xo,
    Shellagh

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  41. I love the addition you did for Charlotte! The flash cards are so great and I'm sure she feels so special to have a place just for her!!

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  42. I have never seen a more beautiful child. Charlotte is happiness itself. And, she is blessed to have such creative and caring parents.

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  43. YOU ROCK! This post spoke volumes in so many ways...

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  44. Every single thing about this post is awesome with a capital A. I love it all, especially Charlotte!

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  45. hi rie,
    this is such a wonderful idea for little charlotte. love the burlap wall, and oxford stripe shirt turned chair skirt. your simple, calm style makes me smile.
    judi

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  46. Hi Rie!

    I am new to your blog and was so touched by your post.
    Your little girl is adorable and much deserving of a beautiful spirited Mother like you.
    The little nook is beautiful!

    ~cheryl

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  47. Most of the time I think about how I want everything without thinking about how others might want (or need) things. You've reminded me how satisfying it is to think outside my own little realm. Thank you!

    Very lovely and useful space!

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  48. OK, I have been reading your blog since the (almost) beginning, and this is the loveliest project to date! So sweet!

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  49. What a sweat child and a great creative writing nook. Have fun. Lisa

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  50. Brilliant!!
    Your daughter is so adorable!!
    FYI...I grew up in the town of Winnetka Illinois where they have the HADLEY SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND. Great place.

    Love that little girl...she is very special!!

    Barb

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  51. What a dollbaby!!! You are so fortunate to have her, and she's so lucky to have you! I love her writing nook, and the braille cards are beautiful.

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  52. that's a perfect little nook. What a lucky little girl and a cutie too! I like how you repurposed clothes for your little chair cover. And made your own braille cards. Creative!

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  53. I love Charlotte's nook. It is filled with such thoughtfulness and love. She is a very beautiful little girl!

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  54. Charlotte is so cute at the braille desk. She looks so cheerful!
    Eva

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  55. This is a wonderful little nook! You did an amazing job and she must feel so special to have her little place in the home. The flash cards are brilliant.

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  56. I Love, Love, Love your braille cards!!! Charlotte is obviously a very lucky little girl! I also have a son who is visually impaired (legally blind). He has the very same blue brailler. He started learning braille in preschool and he is 11 years old now. Wait until you see the less cumbersome technology she will grow into. Wishing you all the best in raising a beautiful sweet little girl. You will see that she will teach you so many things about the world that we all take for granted. :)

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  57. Very ingenious. You are just so talented and Charlotte is so lucky to have you, as you are to have her. Fiona

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  58. What an adorable little girl and what an awesome mommy you are! You make a perfect pair! :)

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  59. What a cute little nook you created for her. Wow, she is gorgeous, her smile just lights up the room!

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  60. What an amazing, awesome idea! And OMG that little grin is one of the cutest things I have ever seen!

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  61. Such a cutie! who wouldn't build a writing nook for her??!!

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  62. Hi! I have been scouring the internet looking for braille flashcards like this for my 4 year old VI child and am totally frustrated at the lack of availability. Do you sell these, by chance? I'd love to buy a set if you do. Thanks!

    KelliB
    kebarkema at msn dot com

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  63. I like your idea.Must use for class(we are learning about Helen Keller and Louis Braille) Thank You

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