This is a fantasy list of things I'd love to have, as well as a few things I already have that I think you might also enjoy. For more information about my everyday teaching, check out my Teaching Toolbox where you'll find tips for teaching in innovative, interesting ways.

If someone wants to put a smile on my face, please feel free to get this Ladybug Welcome Mat for me. I can't think of a more appropriate way to welcome students to my studio.

If someone wants to put a smile on my face, please feel free to get this Ladybug Welcome Mat for me. I can't think of a more appropriate way to welcome students to my studio.

It's been months now since someone "borrowed" my mouse pad and I've been using the hard surface of my computer desk. The one I'd really like is this Gustav Klimt Sunflowers Mouse Pad.

It's been months now since someone "borrowed" my mouse pad and I've been using the hard surface of my computer desk. The one I'd really like is this Gustav Klimt Sunflowers Mouse Pad.

I stumbled on these HUGE Post-It Notes one day and immediately bought them. They are so useful! I use them to cover entire sections of a piece or theory page to help a student focus. The entire back of the sheet is post-it adhesive, so you can also cut them into any shape or size you might want. I have some 1/3 page sheets that I use and re-use. Highly Recommended.

I stumbled on these HUGE Post-It Notes one day and immediately bought them. They are so useful! I use them to cover entire sections of a piece or theory page to help a student focus. The entire back of the sheet is post-it adhesive, so you can also cut them into any shape or size you might want. I have some 1/3 page sheets that I use and re-use. Highly Recommended.

This is called a Newton's Cradle. It teaches the concept of the conservation of energy. This particular one has stainless steel wires which are sturdier than the fishing line which mine has. My students love to play with it, and I use it to illustrate how to move one's hands at the keyboard. This is an excellent example of a "toy" that teaches. Full disclosure: It makes a bit of noise, so set good limits on its use from the start.

This is called a Newton's Cradle. It teaches the concept of the conservation of energy. This particular one has stainless steel wires which are sturdier than the fishing line which mine has. My students love to play with it, and I use it to illustrate how to move one's hands at the keyboard. This is an excellent example of a "toy" that teaches. Full disclosure: It makes a bit of noise, so set good limits on its use from the start.

I think these Flower Earrings are sweet. I tend to wear too many solid colors, so multi-colored earrings work well for me.

I think these Flower Earrings are sweet. I tend to wear too many solid colors, so multi-colored earrings work well for me.

Sometimes you just gotta have some over-the-top cute Ladybug Magnets. 

Sometimes you just gotta have some over-the-top cute Ladybug Magnets

I want one or two of these! I think this Black Flowered Umbrella is beautiful, but it's also got an unusual design. These are inverted umbrellas - they open "backwards" so the wet part is on the inside and you can open them from inside a car door. 

I want one or two of these! I think this Black Flowered Umbrella is beautiful, but it's also got an unusual design. These are inverted umbrellas - they open "backwards" so the wet part is on the inside and you can open them from inside a car door. 

I would also be more than happy with this Bright Yellow Sunflower Umbrella. Also inverted and so cheery.

I would also be more than happy with this Bright Yellow Sunflower Umbrella. Also inverted and so cheery.

This Green Tea and Bamboo Candle looks both peaceful and beautiful.

This Green Tea and Bamboo Candle looks both peaceful and beautiful.

I love the idea behind this Do It All Calendar. Take a look and see what you think. I'm wondering if I'd spend all my time making it look fabulous (with all its 300 included stickers) but not actually get any more organized. What do you think?

I love the idea behind this Do It All Calendar. Take a look and see what you think. I'm wondering if I'd spend all my time making it look fabulous (with all its 300 included stickers) but not actually get any more organized. What do you think?

This set of Flair Pens makes me feel like I'm back in High School and signing yearbooks. I think they'd be fun to write student assignments with.

This set of Flair Pens makes me feel like I'm back in High School and signing yearbooks. I think they'd be fun to write student assignments with.

A beloved student brought me full sized soaps like these L'Occitane Guest Soaps like this for a birthday present one year. I haven't had any since, but I still remember them fondly and am hoping to get some again someday.

A beloved student brought me full sized soaps like these L'Occitane Guest Soaps like this for a birthday present one year. I haven't had any since, but I still remember them fondly and am hoping to get some again someday.

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No, I'm not suggesting that every teaching day should end with a shot of tequila. I have two sets of these delightful colored-base shot glasses. I use them for flowers - most often Gerber daisies. Just one in each glass and you have a stunning arrangement the perks up a home on even the gloomiest winter day.

No, I'm not suggesting that every teaching day should end with a shot of tequila. I have two sets of these delightful colored-base shot glasses. I use them for flowers - most often Gerber daisies. Just one in each glass and you have a stunning arrangement the perks up a home on even the gloomiest winter day.

Gerber daisies and mums.

Gerber daisies and mums.

Harney and Sons Paris Tea is my favorite specialty tea. It's considered a flavored tea and is quite fragrant. If you like Earl Grey, you might enjoy this one. I know I do. 

Harney and Sons Paris Tea is my favorite specialty tea. It's considered a flavored tea and is quite fragrant. If you like Earl Grey, you might enjoy this one. I know I do. 

This piano lamp is the one I use every day when I'm teaching. I can't recommend it highly enough. Many colleagues have bought this lamp and taken the time to write and let me know they LOVE it! Most of my adult students have bought one after using it at my studio. Feel free to email me with any questions you have. I think every teacher should have one in their studio! Perhaps you could put it on your wish list so you remember to ask for it the next time someone asks you what you'd like!

This piano lamp is the one I use every day when I'm teaching. I can't recommend it highly enough. Many colleagues have bought this lamp and taken the time to write and let me know they LOVE it! Most of my adult students have bought one after using it at my studio. Feel free to email me with any questions you have. I think every teacher should have one in their studio! Perhaps you could put it on your wish list so you remember to ask for it the next time someone asks you what you'd like!

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I love to decorate my studio with calendars and this is one I can't wait to have. I love flowers. The Flower Spirits 2017 Calendar uses x-ray photography to capture the texture and details of flowers in invisible light.

I love to decorate my studio with calendars and this is one I can't wait to have. I love flowers. The Flower Spirits 2017 Calendar uses x-ray photography to capture the texture and details of flowers in invisible light.

This year, again, I'll have a Mary Engelbreit Calendar in my studio. Much as I try to "grow out of" my love for Mary Engelbreit images, I simply don't. My students like them, and I find them inspiring and heartwarming. Looking forward to August.

This year, again, I'll have a Mary Engelbreit Calendar in my studio. Much as I try to "grow out of" my love for Mary Engelbreit images, I simply don't. My students like them, and I find them inspiring and heartwarming. Looking forward to August.

This Djeco set of 1,000 stickers includes something for every one of your students. From pirates to ladybugs to princesses and elephants driving cars, you'll have it covered. This high quality sets includes eighteen separate sheets for easy use.

This Djeco set of 1,000 stickers includes something for every one of your students. From pirates to ladybugs to princesses and elephants driving cars, you'll have it covered. This high quality sets includes eighteen separate sheets for easy use.

I have a serious weakness for jigsaw puzzles. This one, made up of Nancy Drew Mystery Covers, looks like so much fun to do!

I have a serious weakness for jigsaw puzzles. This one, made up of Nancy Drew Mystery Covers, looks like so much fun to do!

These robot stickers come in huge packs so they last a long time. I also appreciate that they're gender neutral. 

These robot stickers come in huge packs so they last a long time. I also appreciate that they're gender neutral. 

Ever since I got my dog, Charlie, I've been attracted to sweet, doggie things like this hilarious Dog Puzzle. Would so enjoy making this one! Check out the titles of the books. 

Ever since I got my dog, Charlie, I've been attracted to sweet, doggie things like this hilarious Dog Puzzle. Would so enjoy making this one! Check out the titles of the books. 

If you don't have a smooth-edge can opener, you need one. They literally pry open the lid so there's no sharp edge. Mine is worn out after about ten years, so I'd like this new OXO Good Grips Can Opener. Safety first, everyone!

If you don't have a smooth-edge can opener, you need one. They literally pry open the lid so there's no sharp edge. Mine is worn out after about ten years, so I'd like this new OXO Good Grips Can Opener. Safety first, everyone!

It's no secret that I'm a Washi Tape addict. But I've never seen this magical Gold Foil Washi Tape before. I have found the skinny tapes, likes these, to be useful for marking scores without taking up too much space on the page.

It's no secret that I'm a Washi Tape addict. But I've never seen this magical Gold Foil Washi Tape before. I have found the skinny tapes, likes these, to be useful for marking scores without taking up too much space on the page.

This cute little Polar Bear Washi Tape Dispenser comes with four rolls of tape. If you're looking for a way to try out a few rolls before becoming a fanatic like I am, this might be a great one to get.

This cute little Polar Bear Washi Tape Dispenser comes with four rolls of tape. If you're looking for a way to try out a few rolls before becoming a fanatic like I am, this might be a great one to get.

These tapes by Gambi Paper Company are about as beautiful as any I've ever seen. 

These tapes by Gambi Paper Company are about as beautiful as any I've ever seen. 

These Mini-Incentive Charts are great to have up your sleeve for a day when one of your students is having trouble focusing. They come in all kinds of different styles like Owls, Race Cars and even Hedgehogs. All of them include enough mini stickers to fill all the charts.

These Mini-Incentive Charts are great to have up your sleeve for a day when one of your students is having trouble focusing. They come in all kinds of different styles like Owls, Race Cars and even Hedgehogs. All of them include enough mini stickers to fill all the charts.

This is the 12.9 inch iPad with retina display. I have an old iPad and would love one of these large, new ones like so many of my adult students have. I love the way you can mark up the score and do page turns with your foot. So cool.

This is the 12.9 inch iPad with retina display. I have an old iPad and would love one of these large, new ones like so many of my adult students have. I love the way you can mark up the score and do page turns with your foot. So cool.

I like the set of Staedtler highlighters I have, (had them more than two years and still going strong) but I'd love this little four highlighter set with the stand. 

I like the set of Staedtler highlighters I have, (had them more than two years and still going strong) but I'd love this little four highlighter set with the stand

Zoom by Istvan Banyai is a stunning wordless book. Now available in paperback, Zoom is a study in focus, assumptions, and looking at a bigger picture. I have probably "read" it more than a hundred times and always find something new. Interesting for all ages and reading levels. There's also ReZoom if you can't get enough of it.  Just when you think you know where you are, guess again. Nothing is as it seems!  

Zoom by Istvan Banyai is a stunning wordless book. Now available in paperback, Zoom is a study in focus, assumptions, and looking at a bigger picture. I have probably "read" it more than a hundred times and always find something new. Interesting for all ages and reading levels. There's also ReZoom if you can't get enough of it. 
Just when you think you know where you are, guess again. Nothing is as it seems!
 

I love wearing scarves, and this Ladybug Scarf is just subtle enough that it would make a statement and not be over-the-top. I'd love this.

I love wearing scarves, and this Ladybug Scarf is just subtle enough that it would make a statement and not be over-the-top. I'd love this.

What a treat these Morning Glory socks would be. Black as a basic color so they're useful, but they're so lovely.

What a treat these Morning Glory socks would be. Black as a basic color so they're useful, but they're so lovely.

I love this Four-color post-it Tape dispenser. The tapes last quite a while, and students love them.  If you're not lucky enough to live in a big city with Japanese stationery stores, you can use this link to get yours.

I love this Four-color post-it Tape dispenser. The tapes last quite a while, and students love them.  If you're not lucky enough to live in a big city with Japanese stationery stores, you can use this link to get yours.

Here's my circular washi tape dispenser, filled to the brim. I rotate through different kinds of tape to keep my students (and me) interested.

In my reading group of six rather diverse women, All the Light We Cannot See was one of our favorites. The story takes place in France during World War II and is gripping, interesting and completely engrossing. If you happened to miss it last year, don't skip it this year.

In my reading group of six rather diverse women, All the Light We Cannot See was one of our favorites. The story takes place in France during World War II and is gripping, interesting and completely engrossing. If you happened to miss it last year, don't skip it this year.

I love anything made by Fringe Studio, but this sweet notebook is so low-tech and adorable.

I love anything made by Fringe Studio, but this sweet notebook is so low-tech and adorable.

I'm not usually a fan of sloths, but these Sloth Magnetic Bookmarks made me laugh and I think my students would like them too. 

I'm not usually a fan of sloths, but these Sloth Magnetic Bookmarks made me laugh and I think my students would like them too. 

On the other end of the spectrum, the Guiness World Records Books are every student's favorite book to read while waiting for a lesson. Silly, ridiculous and and easy to enjoy in short bursts, my students literally wear these books out. The current year is always the most expensive, so you might try buying the 2016 edition to save money. (I doubt your students will notice unless they've become aficionados like mine.)

On the other end of the spectrum, the Guiness World Records Books are every student's favorite book to read while waiting for a lesson. Silly, ridiculous and and easy to enjoy in short bursts, my students literally wear these books out. The current year is always the most expensive, so you might try buying the 2016 edition to save money. (I doubt your students will notice unless they've become aficionados like mine.)

For tips about every day teaching, check out my Teaching Toolbox.

For tips about every day teaching, check out my Teaching Toolbox.