Piano Teacher Holiday Wish List 2017

here are just A few things that would make me feel happy, inspired and pampered.

what about you?

My favorite color is blue and I think this Blue Coral & Driftwood Candle looks beautiful and probably smells divine.

My favorite color is blue and I think this Blue Coral & Driftwood Candle looks beautiful and probably smells divine.

These Sea Glass Earrings are in my favorite color and I like the shape, the color and the texture of the glass and silver accents.

These Sea Glass Earrings are in my favorite color and I like the shape, the color and the texture of the glass and silver accents.

I think these Multi-Colored Bamboo Utensils look like they'd pep up my kitchen.

I think these Multi-Colored Bamboo Utensils look like they'd pep up my kitchen.

The SMEG Kettle is the electric kettle of my dreams. It's retro and sexy and comes in every color I would want, including this red one. The one that I actually own is much humbler, less expensive and also completely functional. 

The SMEG Kettle is the electric kettle of my dreams. It's retro and sexy and comes in every color I would want, including this red one. The one that I actually own is much humbler, less expensive and also completely functional. 

If you're feeling like you've had it with Parenting books, this one's for you. How can you not love a book with quotes like this?  "While parenting for maximum trauma can manifest itself in multiple styles, there are certain approaches that will scar children no matter what your approach." At the very least, we can read this, have a laugh and then do the opposite, right?

If you're feeling like you've had it with Parenting books, this one's for you. How can you not love a book with quotes like this? 

"While parenting for maximum trauma can manifest itself in multiple styles, there are certain approaches that will scar children no matter what your approach."

At the very least, we can read this, have a laugh and then do the opposite, right?

I keep hearing that noise canceling headphones are life-savers for traveling. But I haven't tried them and I'd love to own some. These are reported to be excellent ones.

I keep hearing that noise canceling headphones are life-savers for traveling. But I haven't tried them and I'd love to own some. These are reported to be excellent ones.

Mandala World is my absolute favorite Jigsaw Puzzle. Ever. I've made it at least half a dozen times, and just made it again this week. If you like puzzles, try this one. Its combination of mini mandalas, beautiful colors and textures and a complicated but understandable frame make it the perfect puzzle. Period.

Mandala World is my absolute favorite Jigsaw Puzzle. Ever. I've made it at least half a dozen times, and just made it again this week. If you like puzzles, try this one. Its combination of mini mandalas, beautiful colors and textures and a complicated but understandable frame make it the perfect puzzle. Period.

These Three Little Notebooks come in a set. I think they're elegant.

These Three Little Notebooks come in a set. I think they're elegant.

Now that my daughter has left for college, I am the proud owner of my very first laptop computer. Wouldn't this Van Gogh Almond Blossoming bag be just the thing to put it in when I'm traveling around the country and speaking to teachers?

Now that my daughter has left for college, I am the proud owner of my very first laptop computer. Wouldn't this Van Gogh Almond Blossoming bag be just the thing to put it in when I'm traveling around the country and speaking to teachers?

Looking for inexpensive gifts for your students or young relatives? The Nutcracker Sticker Book might be what you're looking for. I've always enjoyed the little Dover books. Easy to store and keep track of and good for offering a few, but not too many choices to a student.

Looking for inexpensive gifts for your students or young relatives? The Nutcracker Sticker Book might be what you're looking for. I've always enjoyed the little Dover books. Easy to store and keep track of and good for offering a few, but not too many choices to a student.

No list of mine would be complete without some Japanese Erasers. These adorable Snowmen would be such fun to use with my students!

No list of mine would be complete without some Japanese Erasers. These adorable Snowmen would be such fun to use with my students!

I love using Magnetic Bookmarks. These are some of the sweetest ones I've seen. If you really wanted to make sure your student practiced a piece, mark it with one of these instead of a regular post-it note.

I love using Magnetic Bookmarks. These are some of the sweetest ones I've seen. If you really wanted to make sure your student practiced a piece, mark it with one of these instead of a regular post-it note.

I'm perpetually on the lookout for new fidget devices. This Fidget Cube is described like this:  The perfect amusing gift for fidgets in your life, our analog array of features includes spinners, buttons, rollers, flickers, and switches to help you lower or stop anxiety. I like the idea that it provides multiple opportunities for different kinds of fidget stimulation which I know I would love, and my students would too!

I'm perpetually on the lookout for new fidget devices. This Fidget Cube is described like this:  The perfect amusing gift for fidgets in your life, our analog array of features includes spinners, buttons, rollers, flickers, and switches to help you lower or stop anxiety.

I like the idea that it provides multiple opportunities for different kinds of fidget stimulation which I know I would love, and my students would too!

I am absolutely convinced that my dog Charlie would eat far more healthily if he had this Pet Food Mat to eat his kibble from.

I am absolutely convinced that my dog Charlie would eat far more healthily if he had this Pet Food Mat to eat his kibble from.

Charlie also needs one of these Cool Water Bottles designed especially for dogs. The wide lid flips over into a drinking cup. 

Charlie also needs one of these Cool Water Bottles designed especially for dogs. The wide lid flips over into a drinking cup. 

And a few studio basics I use every day in my teaching.

I'm alway searching for a watch that meets this criteria:      1. Arabic Numbers      2. Large, clear white face      3. Dark numbers for maximum contrast      4. The Date      5. Classy looking (not a Timex Easy-Reader, please) I think I may have found it in this Skagen Classic Unisex Watch.  

I'm alway searching for a watch that meets this criteria:

     1. Arabic Numbers
     2. Large, clear white face
     3. Dark numbers for maximum contrast
     4. The Date
     5. Classy looking (not a Timex Easy-Reader, please)

I think I may have found it in this Skagen Classic Unisex Watch.
 

I know exactly why I like this Vintage Timer. It makes me remember the simplicity of a non-digital where things had a single purpose. A timer was a timer. A phone was a phone. A camera was a camera. 

I know exactly why I like this Vintage Timer. It makes me remember the simplicity of a non-digital where things had a single purpose. A timer was a timer. A phone was a phone. A camera was a camera. 

I drink tea often when I'm teaching and this is one of my favorites. Ginger Peach comes in both regular and decaffeinated, so I can drink it all day long.

I drink tea often when I'm teaching and this is one of my favorites. Ginger Peach comes in both regular and decaffeinated, so I can drink it all day long.

When I was a little girl, we had a mobile of small wooden ships that hung in our living room. This mobile of Birds by Charley Harper looks like it would be perky and fun. The movement of mobiles makes them energize a room and I'd forgotten how much I liked having one in my house when I was growing up. Maybe for my waiting area.

When I was a little girl, we had a mobile of small wooden ships that hung in our living room. This mobile of Birds by Charley Harper looks like it would be perky and fun. The movement of mobiles makes them energize a room and I'd forgotten how much I liked having one in my house when I was growing up. Maybe for my waiting area.

My student, Leo, gave me this quirky multiple flower vase. I love it! It takes only a few flowers to fill it and make magic out of a small space. 

My student, Leo, gave me this quirky multiple flower vase. I love it! It takes only a few flowers to fill it and make magic out of a small space. 

Here's my vase filled with pale orange tulips. It's perched on the window sill next to my computer.

Here's my vase filled with pale orange tulips. It's perched on the window sill next to my computer.

I could use a new salad bowl and this one from Nambe is beautiful. It's supposed to be easy to toss salad in without throwing it on the floor.

I could use a new salad bowl and this one from Nambe is beautiful. It's supposed to be easy to toss salad in without throwing it on the floor.

I bought this exact Keurig Coffee Maker for my daughter to use in her first dorm room. Truth be told, I wouldn't mind having one myself :)

I bought this exact Keurig Coffee Maker for my daughter to use in her first dorm room. Truth be told, I wouldn't mind having one myself :)

This MUG doesn't need any explanation, does it? I mean really, who else knows best?

This MUG doesn't need any explanation, does it? I mean really, who else knows best?

I like goofy socks because you can wear them and no one really has to know about it. These Japanese Animation Crew Socks  have some of my very favorite characters. (The ones from My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service.) If you haven't checked out these movies, do! They're delightful and full of wonderful music and magical experiences. Or, you can just buy the socks and use your imagination.

I like goofy socks because you can wear them and no one really has to know about it. These Japanese Animation Crew Socks  have some of my very favorite characters. (The ones from My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service.) If you haven't checked out these movies, do! They're delightful and full of wonderful music and magical experiences. Or, you can just buy the socks and use your imagination.

Last year I wanted this Ipad Pro and strangely enough, I still would love to have one. I may have to buy one for myself as an end-of-the-year present/expense. My students who use them all the time swear by them and I think I may be about to become one of those users.

Last year I wanted this Ipad Pro and strangely enough, I still would love to have one. I may have to buy one for myself as an end-of-the-year present/expense. My students who use them all the time swear by them and I think I may be about to become one of those users.

The "Out on the Porch Calendar 2018" makes me want to be in all these places. I'm vowing that I will finally take a real, live vacation this year. Maybe more than one! 

The "Out on the Porch Calendar 2018" makes me want to be in all these places. I'm vowing that I will finally take a real, live vacation this year. Maybe more than one! 

I'm always looking for beautiful office supplies like these delightful William Morris File Folders. Wouldn't a folder of bank statements be a lot more cheerful if it's housed in one of these?

I'm always looking for beautiful office supplies like these delightful William Morris File Folders. Wouldn't a folder of bank statements be a lot more cheerful if it's housed in one of these?

This set of 48 rolls of Washi Tape is an amazing value at less than 50 cents a roll. Great way to get started using this for teaching and for crafts in your home. 

This set of 48 rolls of Washi Tape is an amazing value at less than 50 cents a roll. Great way to get started using this for teaching and for crafts in your home. 

Another way to get my students to pay attention might be these Washi Tape Stickers. I know that I'd pay more attention to a zippy sticker that says "Work It!"

Another way to get my students to pay attention might be these Washi Tape Stickers. I know that I'd pay more attention to a zippy sticker that says "Work It!"

The Staedtler Highlighters are my favorite. The colors are a bit unusual and they come organized in a little container. I have literally never replaced these. They're as good as the day I bought them several years ago. The kids love them.

The Staedtler Highlighters are my favorite. The colors are a bit unusual and they come organized in a little container. I have literally never replaced these. They're as good as the day I bought them several years ago. The kids love them.

I use Post-Its in every lesson for something. My favorite size is 2 inches square, but keeping every size around is useful.

I use Post-Its in every lesson for something. My favorite size is 2 inches square, but keeping every size around is useful.

Just found these amazing Thin Highlighting Tapes. They're supposed to be for Bible highlighting, but I can't wait to try them with my students for small snippets of music, especially tiny details. They would be PERFECT! Twelve different shades would be ideal for some kinds of analysis/highlighting needs.

Just found these amazing Thin Highlighting Tapes. They're supposed to be for Bible highlighting, but I can't wait to try them with my students for small snippets of music, especially tiny details. They would be PERFECT! Twelve different shades would be ideal for some kinds of analysis/highlighting needs.

Blackwing Palomino Pencils are my favorite by far. I found them when I read that the brilliant composer, Stephen Sondheim, uses them exclusively. I took his lead (literally!) and ordered some myself. Now I can't use anything else, and neither can my students who've tried them as well. I also love the Palomino Blackwing Pencil Sharpener for quick pick-me-ups when I don't want to run over to my Electric Pencil Sharpener. 

Blackwing Palomino Pencils are my favorite by far. I found them when I read that the brilliant composer, Stephen Sondheim, uses them exclusively. I took his lead (literally!) and ordered some myself. Now I can't use anything else, and neither can my students who've tried them as well. I also love the Palomino Blackwing Pencil Sharpener for quick pick-me-ups when I don't want to run over to my Electric Pencil Sharpener