I'm always getting notes back from Arran's nursery about putting his name on things. Shoes, slippers and wellies have to be labelled and every item of clothing that they wear has to be labelled in case they take it off. (Every item? Seriously, does anybody do this?!) I am also supposed to label each piece of food that goes in his teabox so that they can find the items in the fridge later, and the teabox itself.
It's safe to say that I am not good at sewing. The last (and also first, and definitely only) time that I tried to sew ended in minor surgery with me having a needle removed from my hand where I had managed to fully embed it (including the eye). Sewing is DANGEROUS and I am not prepared to take risks by laboriously sewing label after label onto my children's clothes, the way I rememeber my own lovely mum doing for us.
I had been looking around at iron-on labels (although, to be honest, even ironing is a little out of my comfort zone) and then I was contacted by a representative from Tiny Me, a company which does lovely name labels.
They kindly offered me a pack of name labels, personalised with Arran's name. This was the first time I had accepted a review opportunity for the blog as although I had been offered one or two things, it is very much not why I blog and I had not been prepared to compromise my blog unless it was something that I thought would add value to our lives and the blog. I really liked the look of these though, so I felt happy to review them.
One thing I did learn, which is quite amusing, is that when you don't disclose your surname on your blog, it's perhaps not a good idea to review something that is plastered with it! I have had to edit it out for this reason, but I assure you it's written in the same lovely style and font as the first name.
The pack we were sent was a variety of stickers in different shapes and sizes. I say stickers, but they are really thick and incredibly sticky. For example, Arran has had these stickers inside his shoes for months and has grown out of the shoes before the stickers wore out or peeled off (they actually do specific 'shoe dots' for this purpose too). The company also does iron-on labels and traditional style too.
When you select your labels you can choose the design and there are so many cute designs to choose from that this was quite a challenge. We chose the 'Jungle Friends' theme. There are six fonts to choose from too. You can also get gift labels, book labels, address labels and so on.
I thought these were lovely - cute and simple and really attractive. Childish without being garish. I wouldn't hesitate to buy some of their iron-on labels (my husband is the ironer in the family so I can put him to work) and they seem like good value. The stickers are coming in handy for labelling up the food items for the fridge and any toys that we send in for the 'letter of the week' box.
Tiny Me has also very kindly offered a 10% discount for readers of this blog. Simply enter the code mooocoupon837 to receive your discount. This expires on the 19th April 2012.