I recently bought this pretty notebook and even prettier pencil both for practical reasons and as a little treat to myself for making it halfway to one of my teaching goals. Hooray! It's fun to celebrate little achievements, don't you think?
I liked my mom's idea and I wanted to find an elegant pad or notebook that looked nice enough to leave out on the piano. Since I run my studio out of my home and because I care first and foremost about the music, I try to keep the "business-y" things as unobtrusive and clean as possible. I never want the money stuff to make my students uncomfortable or give them the impression that I care more about that than the teaching. Something as simple as how I write "bills" (and making them aesthetically pleasing!) makes a difference, I think.
Anyway, I'd been eyeing this local paperie and finally I had an excuse to drop in! And I found the perfect thing--this notebook is slim and understated, the pages are lined and perforated, and it's exactly the shape I was searching for. As I kept browsing (the shop was dreamy) I couldn't help but notice these regal black pencils sitting tall in a jar. They're beautiful and well-crafted and I decided that a lovely notebook deserves a lovely writing utensil to keep it company. Plus, the black and ivory and gold match my pianos. That may or may not have been a factor.
I guess I'm a simple soul because this $8 purchase pleases me so much. These two pretty little things sitting on my piano remind me that I'm slowly but surely figuring things out.