I know, I know, please don’t shout. IT’S ONLY AUGUST! But there’s nothing wrong with being organised is there? And while you panic buy the next (or 1st) round of school uniform there’s always the danger that the little but important things can be over looked, so I’m giving you a helping hand by giving you the chance to get organised and issue a pat of the back for not forgetting something. We all know how good it feels to be slightly ahead of the game, don’t we.
As a frustrated parent of kids who lose more school uniform, lunch boxes and water bottles than I would ever care to work out, having everything labelled is a must. No scrap that. It’s a necessity (thank god for spell check, I was worried about typing that) I’ve tried laundry markers in the past but they usually end up a big smudged unreadable mess and I made the mistake of buying sew on name labels which are still lurking in the back of some cupboard somewhere. (What possessed me to think I was ever going to spend the evening sewing school labels into clothes is beyond me.)
So iron on labels it is.
Now my next dilemma is that at my son’s school, lots of parents have the same white background, back writing labels, so when he’s looking for his jumper in amongst the sea of other blue jumpers, unless his jumps out and screams, “it’s me, woo hoo” then I’m sure he just gives up. So when an offer for some bright, personalised labels from Petit Fernand lands in my inbox it’s a big fat yes from me.
No here’s a word of warning before I carry on, this is where I got a little carried away, so for all you creative peeps out there, I would grab yourself a cuppa and prepare to let your inner Picasso free. Little did I realise just how personalised I could make my labels but on heading straight to the iron on school labels section I was confronted with 21 background colours, 80 illustrations and 10 fonts. I seriously spent way too much time working out which child would want which illustration I know, but I know they’ll be thankful for my choices.
I played around with different styles until I had a completely and utterly personalised one for each of my 3 boys; the skateboard on a subtle grey background with black text for my Teenager in a simple font, I tried to stay away from anything too fancy as he wouldn’t thank me for anything too childish. A iPod illustration on a black background with white handwriting style font for Tween and a lovely blue with a cutesy font and a boat for Toddler.
After stocking up on clothes labels I headed over to check out the Stick on name labels and was excited to see they even had shoe labels (I probably need to get out more, I know) I’ve tried to write the boy’s names on the teenie tiny labels which you find on the tongue of some shoes but in all honesty, is your child ever going to go to the effort of pulling it back to look and see if they’ve got the right one. No. The answer is No. they are going to go for the one nearest them and vaguely looks like theirs.
Yet I know that the bright, colourful labels which I’ve bought will take the no time at all to find the right one. The same goes for having colourful clothes labels as they’ll soon learn to recognise their own personalised logo.
Ordering is simple and as you can see from the screen shots, you can play around with the different styles until your completely happy with your choice.
This is an unbiased review of Petit Fernand. I received a store credit to try out their service and these are my honest thoughts.