Thursday, May 31, 2007

Self-sticking name tags that work!

Micro Labels: These are small labels for small items such as pens, pencils, toothbrush, flashlight, school items, combs, and hairbrush etc.
By Ki Hackney

It’s name tag season, and when the summer camp starts to fade, it starts all over for school. If we don’t need name tags for our children, we might need them for our parents, as they move into nursing homes or are already in a care facility where the laundry hasn’t a clue who owns the cornflower blue cable-knit cardigan that appeared in Mrs. X’s weekly load of wash, and the nurse doesn’t know to whom to return the copy of Mary Higgins Clark’s latest novel left on the rocking chair in the lounge. And what about the family’s hiking gear, riding helmets, etc.

Lena Grierson came up with a thoroughly modern solution: stick-on labels that actually work. She realized the necessity when the elder of her three girls started school and lost a few things. “If the teacher found something, the only way she could find its rightful owner was to hold it up in front of the class and see who responded,” says Lena. “I realized I had to label absolutely everything.

“I don’t sew, I don’t iron and neither do my friends. My life is just too busy for either one, and for women who work in offices, the last thing they want to do is to come home and iron. So, I realized that I had to find labels that would peel off, stick on and stay on.

In March, 2006, the woman who spent five years working with seniors as a nurse and the next fifteen years as a commercial photographer, before “adopting three little girls from China” and switching her job description to stay-at-home Mom, launched Label Lighthouse for her self-sticking labels, known as Stikins™, from her horse farm in Rockwood, Ontario, Canada. Luckily, Lena’s husband, a graphics designer, also works at home, and they divide the duties. Lena also tends to their horses, and each of their 4-, 6-, and 8-year-old daughters has her own pony.
Clothing labels: They are easy to apply on sweaters, pants, coats, jackets, snowpants, toques, gloves, uniforms, undergarments, etc.
The labels are a big success and, while business keeps increasing, last year’s customers are busily re-ordering. Here’s the lowdown:

All labels are white with black type (there are no other colors), and the type size is large so that it’s easy for youngsters, oldsters and some of us in between to read.

The big ones, for clothing, are H-shaped and wrap around the care labels inside of each piece. The clothing labels must wrap around. If the care labels are too big, Lena advises using a shoe label and turning in vertically so it wraps a round. They are washer and dryer safe.
Shoe and bag labels: Also great for sandwich bags, drinking bottles, mugs, sporting equipment etc.
The shoe labels grip the inside of the tongue or the inside of the shoe without wrapping, and they are great for lunchboxes, handbags, water bottles, flashlights, skip ropes, hockey sticks, et all. The small micro size sticks easily to a toothbrush, eyeglasses, comb, etc.

The labels come on strips, and each strip contains 2 clothing, 2 micro and 1 shoe label. The 60-label package contains 12 strips and the 120-label bundle contains 24 strips for $24.95 and $39.95, respectively; including shipping anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. On the horizon: the ability to order a strip of one type of label.

There’s an easy order form on the website at, as well as a toll-free telephone number, 1-877-637-4141, and the best part of all is that your labels will be customized and shipped within 24 hours. Amen.

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