Archive for November, 2017

We’re Going Dippy For Delightful Names Given To Dazzling Discoveries!

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Dippy and Delightful Names - Stikins Name Labels

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the discovery of AL 288-1 or, as you probably know them, the fossil bones of LUCY.

Lucy was discovered in Ethiopia in 1974 and, although only 40% of her skeleton was found, she remains both the most famous example of the hominin species Australopithecus afarensis and one of the most complete examples of an early human ancestor to be discovered – dating to around 3.2 million years ago!

Lucy was named after the Beatles song “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, which played in the camp as the discovery was celebrated. Lucy is also known in Ethiopia as DINKINESH, which means “you are marvellous” in the Amharic language.

To celebrate the anniversary of this amazing discovery, the team at Stikins ® has decided to take a look at some of the other names that have been given to other scientific discoveries that have been made over the years…

Human Evolution Fossils

  • ABEL:

The only known fossil of the Australopithecus bahrelghazali species (approx. 3.5 million years old); while the name has the connection of the Biblical son of Adam and Eve, it was actually chosen by Michel Brunet in memory of his friend Abel Brillanceau.

  • ARDI:

A female skeleton from the Ardipithecus ramidus species (approx. 4.4 million years old); the name comes from the species, which is based on the Afar words Ardi meaning “ground/floor” and ramid meaning “root” – implying that Ardi lived on the ground and was the “root” of human ancestry.

  • Eurydice:

The skull of a (possibly) female member of the Paranthropus robustus species (approx. 2.3 million years old); she is named after the nymph from Greek mythology – a second fossil found a few inches away was named Orpheus.

  • Luzia:

A skeleton from the Homo sapien species (approx. 11,500 years old); she was found in Brazil and her name is a Portuguese variant of Lucy – in homage to the earlier discovery.

  • Miguelón:

The most complete skull found from the Homo heidelbergensis species (approx. 400,000 years old); the nickname was inspired by that given to Miguel Indurain, a Spanish cyclist who won both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia in 1992 – the year this skull was discovered.

  • Moshe:

The most complete postcranial skeleton of a Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis species) to be found (approx. 60,000 years old); the name is the Hebrew equivalent of Moses.

  • Samu: 

A fossil belonging to a member of the Homo Erectus species (approx. 350,000 years old); the bone was found on 21st August, the name day of Sámuel, and given the name Samu – a Hungarian version of Sam.

  • Selam:

The fossil of a three-year-old member of the Australopithecus afarensis species (approx. 3.3 million years old); she is commonly known as Selam (“peace”) but also has the nickname “Lucy’s Baby” (because both fossils are from the same species) – despite the fact that Selam is actually around 120,000 years older than Lucy!

  • Toumai:

A partial skull from the species Sahelanthropus tchadensis (approx. 7 million years old); the name Toumai means “hope of life”.

  • Twiggy:

A skull from the Homo habilis species (approx. 1.8 million years old); the skull was crushed almost completely flat and so was named after the famously slim model.

Dinosaur Fossils

  • Spike (Polacanthus & Pentaceratops)
  • Alana, Ashley, Bertha, Bruce, Cybill, Hellboy, Lisa, Louise, Patty, Stephanie, Tara, Willie, and ZEMONA (Pachyrhinosaurus)
  • Hatcher (Triceratops)
  • Antonio (Tethyshadros)
  • Dakota (Edmontosaurus)
  • Elvis and Roberta (Brachylophosaurus)
  • Lizzie (Hadrosauridae)
  • Sophie (Stegosaurus)
  • Big Mike, Bucky, Jane, Samson, Scotty, Stan, Sue, and Tristan (Tyrannosaurus Rex)
  • Alan, Clancy, Cooper, Dippy, George, Elliot, Gordo, Jimbo, Lyle, Matilda, Max, Misty, and Wade (various Sauropodomorphs)
  • Big Al, Baby Louie, Borsti, Dave, Ebenezar, Elmer, Gorgeous George, Gertie, Kirky, Lori, Pete, and Sid Vicious (various Theropods)

The Origins of Stikins ® Name Labels

Our origins lie with our managing director’s wish to find a simple name label product to use on his children’s belongings. Not happy with the array of sew-in labels, iron-on labels, name tapes, and clip on name tags available on the market, he decided to create an alternative name labelling solution – stick on name labels that simply stick on and stay on.

Stikins ® have gone through a number of evolutions, starting with our Original Stikins ® (comprising “H” shaped clothing labels, shoe labels, and micro labels – along with silver school labels) and ending with our latest generation of Stikins ® (with their unique adhesive) and our Stikins ® Name Label Kit. We even have our very own evolutionary off-shoot in the form of our iron on name transfers, Trons ®.

Thus, STIKINS ® name labels were born!

Order Personalised Name Labels Today!

At Stikins ® we’re not aiming to create a whole heap of school uniform labels or sticky name labels in every possible size, shape, and colour (with an assortment of fonts and pictures on top). Instead, we want to create the best possible name labelling product that is “fit” for its intended purpose i.e. we want to create stick on labels that just work, with no fuss and no muss! Our name labels are white labels with a bold black font (so they’re really easy to read), they measure 30mm wide by 15mm high (so they’re also really discreet), and they are made with a unique “Stikins ®” adhesive – that helps them to stick on and stay on.

So, whether you need school uniform labels, plain clothes labels, or labels for general items so that you can make sure that your belongings are safe and secure, we can help! If you are interested in ordering a pack of personalised name labels, you can do so online, by phone, or by post. You can also contact us directly with any questions, a member of the Stikins ® team will be more than happy to help!

Stikins ® – Name Labels for Nursing Homes, Care Homes & Residential Care Facilities

Friday, November 17th, 2017

While most Stikins ® name labels are bought (by parents) for use as school uniform labels, clothing labels, general purpose labels, we have also found that a number of our customers have given us really positive feedback about using our self adhesive name labels on the belongings of relatives or friends who are living in a nursing home, care home, or residential care facility.

Keep items safe and secure with Stikins ® name labels

Stikins ® name labels are a really simple solution to the problem of labelling multiple items quickly and securely; our multipurpose sticky name labels can be stuck onto the wash-care labels of clothing and fabric items or directly onto personal items, including books and photo albums, glasses cases and pill boxes, and food and drink containers.

Nursing Home Name Labels

Nursing homes and care homes rely heavily on the use of shared spaces and facilities (including kitchens and laundries), which makes it all too easy for items to be misplaced or mixed up. Adding stick on name labels to clothing and personal belongings is a really easy way to make it straightforward for residents, visitors, and members of staff to return items to their rightful owners.

How do our name labels work?

Each name label measures 30mm wide by 15mm high, which makes them a discrete addition to any item but also provides plenty of room to add a name (with the option to add a room number as well). They simply peel off their backing sheet and then stick on and stay on – whether you use them as name labels for clothing, shoes, bedding, boxes, containers, or individual personal belongings.

Our name labels use a unique and powerful adhesive to remain firmly stuck in place, which means there’s absolutely no ironing and no sewing required. The adhesive also means that you can use one pack of our stick on labels for clothing, fabric items, and personal possessions so there’s no need to buy different types of name labels (e.g. sew-in labels, iron-on name tapes, clip on name tags, or name stamps) for different items – these stick on labels can be used to label pretty much everything and anything.

How can I order a pack of name labels?

Orders can be placed anytime online by filling in our handy order form or you can call our Customer Service Team Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm to order by phone. We print name labels every day, Monday to Friday, which means that most orders will be despatched same day (up to 3pm; orders placed after 3pm or over the weekend will be despatched next working day). Our prices are inclusive of VAT and standard delivery (Royal Mail’s first class service) with the option to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery service if you need to receive your name labels quickly (for example, if a friend or relative is transferred to a care home or nursing home at short notice).

While individuals can place their own name label orders (or order on behalf of a friend or relative), we are also happy to deal with nursing homes and care homes directly. If you need to order a large number of name label packs, you can simply email us the list of names (and room numbers) you would like printed and we offer a 10% discount to all nursing and care homes who order name labels on behalf of their residents.

Have You Joined The Stikins ® Name Labels School Fundraising Scheme?

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Stikins Name Labels Fundraising

Did you know that today is the 48th anniversary of the first broadcast of Sesame Street? The show was developed specifically to use the power of television to prepare young children for school and for life in general. Today, Sesame Street is shown in more than 140 countries (with around 20 international versions), is the longest running American children’s show (last month saw the debut of its 48th season), and it backs around 50 charitable initiatives worldwide to help children follow the Sesame Street motto – to be smarter, stronger, and kinder.

School Fundraising with Stikins ® Name Labels

At Stikins ® we have our own (much smaller) initiative, which offers school fundraising via sales of our school name labels. The scheme is completely free to join and we provide fundraising partners with free leaflets, posters, and samples to help them promote the scheme to parents.

To join, you simply need to give us a call or fill in our online form; you’ll be assigned a unique school fundraising number and ANY order we receive for stick on name labels that quotes your fundraising number will count towards your commission total. We keep track of your commission and send you a cheque in October/November.

Our school and PTA fundraising scheme offers a basic 15% commission rate, which can be doubled to 30% by adding a fundraising link on the school or PTA website. This makes it really easy for parents to order school labels – whether they need school uniform labels, stick on labels for lunch bottles and P.E. equipment, or general purpose name stickers and name labels for those “essentials” that their children refuse to leave at home. The link can even automatically add your school fundraising number to any order placed by following that link – so even if a parent forgets, their name label order will still count towards your fundraising total.

Our fundraising scheme is also a really easy way to encourage parents to use name labels and name labels on all of the school uniform, equipment, and personal items that their children bring to school each day – which can significantly reduce the amount of lost property that you have to deal with each year.

Join the Stikins® Fundraising Scheme and Request Free Fundraising Resources

Our school fundraising pages include a school fundraising guide, a request form, FAQs, a guide to adding a link to your website, downloads and useful links, and our school fundraising portal (where you can login and keep track of how much commission you’ve earned so far).

Fun Facts About Sesame Street

To celebrate our thirteenth year of running a school fundraising scheme, we’ve put together our favourite thirteen fascinating facts about Sesame Street!

Fact One (that’s ONE fascinating fact)
All of the main characters have four fingers – except for the Cookie Monster who has five. Most Sesame Street characters are also left handed.

Fact Two (that’s TWO fascinating facts)
A number of characters have undergone quite drastic changes over years; Oscar the Grouch was originally orange, Mr Snuffleupagus was deemed too scary (with his bright yellow eyes and eyelashes plus immobile eyelids), Cookie Monster had big pointy teeth, Telly Monster had antennae coming out of his head (and his eyes spun whenever he watched television), and Count von Count had some seriously sinister powers including the ability to hypnotise and stun people.

Fact Three (that’s THREE fascinating facts)
Sesame Street takes its name from the famous Arabian Nights quote – “Open, Sesame!”; various alternatives were considered, including “123 Avenue B” – which had to be dropped because it was a real address in New York City. While the true location of Sesame Street is shrouded in mystery, anyone can visit “Sesame Place” – a Sesame Street theme park based just outside of Philadelphia.

Fact Four (that’s FOUR fascinating facts)
“Sing A Song” was originally chosen as the theme song before being replaced with “Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street”; there have been at least 10 versions of this song used during the opening and closing credits, although the most successful song from the show has to be Ernie’s “Rubber Duckie” song, which was released as a single in 1970 and reached number 16 in the American music charts.

Fact Five (that’s FIVE fascinating facts)
While many different celebrities have appeared on Sesame Street over the years, the first was James Earl Jones; he dropped by the street to perform a dramatic recitation of the alphabet.

Fact Six (that’s SIX fascinating facts)
“Cookie Monster” is just a nickname that stuck (his original name is Sidney or Sid), the Television Monster’s nickname “Telly” comes from British slang, while Mr Snuffleupagus is actually named Aloysius – although he is usually referred to simply as “Snuffy”.

Fact Seven (that’s SEVEN fascinating facts)
Big Bird is 8 feet and 2 inches tall (that’s 249 cm) and has variously been identified as a lark, part homing pigeon, a golden condor, and part emu – although he is generally assumed to be a canary (or “bigus canarius” to use his own words).

Fact Eight (that’s EIGHT fascinating facts)
Bert and Ernie were the first muppet characters to appear in the Sesame Street pilots (proving to be extremely popular with test audiences). The Cookie Monster, however, predates Sesame Street by three years, having featured in a television advert (albeit one that didn’t air) as “The Wheel-Steeler”, in an IBM training film (where he ate the Coffee Break Machine), as well as in a potato chip advert (as “Arnold”). While international versions of Sesame Street feature characters from the original version, they also have their own unique characters, including a giant polar bear named Basil (Canada), a giant pink turtle named Pong Pagong (Philippines), a hedgehog named Kippi Kippod (Israel), and a camel named No’Man (Kuwait).

Fact Nine (that’s NINE fascinating facts)
While Sesame Street has successfully addressed a variety of tricky topics, they famously struggled with the topic of divorce; a 1992 episode featuring the divorce of Mr Snuffleupagus’ parents upset children so much during testing that the episode was never aired.

Fact Ten (that’s TEN fascinating facts)
Bert wears vertical stripes (to reflect his more “uptight” personality), while Ernie wears horizontal stripes (to reflect his more relaxed personality); Bert has an identical twin brother named Bart and, between them, Bert and Ernie have just one eyebrow.

Fact Eleven (that’s ELEVEN fascinating facts)
Count von Count’s love of counting comes from vampire lore, which suggests that vampires have “arithmomania” (a strong need to count the objects around them) and advises throwing small seeds, rice or wheat, or even handfuls of sand to escape from a vampire – the idea being that the vampire will stop to count each individual item, giving you time to get away! Interestingly, it has never been officially confirmed whether the Count himself is a vampire or not.

Fact Twelve (that’s TWELVE fascinating facts)
Among the muppets featured on Sesame Street, there are “human muppets” (like Bert and Ernie), “animal muppets” (like Big Bird and the Three Bears), “monster muppets” (like Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Grover), and other unique groups including the grouches (like Oscar the Grouch), fairies (like Abby Cadabby), and snuffleupaguses/snuffleupagi (like Mr Snuffleupagus).

Fact Thirteen (that’s THIRTEEN fascinating facts)
Elmo was the first non-human to testify before Congress (in defence of funding for school music programs); during his appearance, Elmo was referred to as “Mr Monster”, wore an elegant Armani suit (from Barney’s), and attempted to eat his microphone. Elmo is related to the Furchester-Fuzz family who run The Furchester Hotel in the UK (assisted by the Cookie Monster who is occasionally visited by his British cousin, the Biscuit Monster).

Remember, you can find out more, sign up, or request fundraising leaflets by visiting the school fundraising & PTA fundraising section of our website OR by contacting our Customer Service Team.

Flaming Good Names To Celebrate Bonfire Night!

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Celebrate Bonfire Night with Stikins Name Labels

Celebrate Bonfire Night with Stikins® Name Labels!

This weekend will see hundreds of events taking place across the country in honour of Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes Night. To celebrate, we thought we’d gather up some blazingly brilliant names to suit the occasion.

Names Inspired By “Fire”
There are plenty of names from across the world that mean “fire”, including:

ÁED/ ÁEDH

AODH

ÁEDÁN

AODHÁN

AIDAN

ADEN

AGNI

ASH

AZAR

BLAZE

BRANDR

CINÁED

CONLÁED

CONLETH

FIAMMETTA

FINTAN

HURIK

KEAHI

NINA

PYRRHUS

UGNĖ

Names Inspired By “Fireworks”
There are also names that have a perfect connection to Bonfire Night and the fireworks and effects that are used during celebrations, including:

BLOSSOM A flower-like effect that opens and expands.
CATHERINE (wheel) A firework that is either a spiral tube or an angled rocket mounted with a pin through its centre so that it rotates when ignited.
CHERRY (bomb) A firecracker contained in a paper cup that explodes as a sphere.
CHRYSANTHEMUM An effect characterised as an expanding sphere of coloured stars that leave behind a trail of sparks.
DAHLIA An effect that is similar to the peony (see below) but has fewer and larger stars that travel for longer and may have a cylindrical rather than spherical shape.
(jumping) JACK A firework that appears to “jump” around on the ground as it spins and produces coloured effects that fire in all directions.
LANCE A firework contained in a thin paper tube, which is combined with other lances to produce words, phrases, or pictures.
PEARL An effect characterised by stars that burn in just one colour until they burn out at their maximum height.
PEONY An effect characterised as an expanding sphere of coloured stars (without a trail of sparks).
ROMAN (candle) A firework contained in a card tube that periodically emits either a single effect or a series of small effects (e.g. stars, comets, bombettes, trails, serpents etc).
WILLOW An effect characterised as an expanding sphere of coloured stars that leave behind a trail of long burning gold or silver stars.

Names Inspired By “(Guy) Fawkes”
Of course, there are also names connected with the Gunpowder Plot itself, including the thirteen men involved in the plot to remove King James I from the throne. The group began with five original conspirators, before two individuals were added, followed by two groups of three further conspirators.

ROBERT Catesby The leader of the group who planned the Gunpowder Plot.
THOMAS & ROBERT Wintour Cousins of Catesby; Thomas was amongst original group of five conspirators, while his brother Robert was recruited in the penultimate group of three (most likely to boost the group’s funds).
JOHN (Jack) & CHRISTOPHER (Kit) Wright John was one of the original five conspirators (and purchased plenty of weapons for the group), while Christopher was a later recruit (one of the penultimate group of three).
GUY Fawkes The most famous member of the group (owing to the fact that he was caught guarding the gunpowder); he was invited to join the group by Thomas Wintour due to his expertise with explosives. He used the alias JOHN Johnson, in an attempt to hide his own identity.
THOMAS Percy The final member of the original group of five; Thomas Percy was a friend of Robert Catesby and brother in law to the Wright brothers; he helped to fund the group and secured the leases of a number of key properties in London for the group’s use (including the vault beneath the Houses of Parliament where the gunpowder was eventually placed in preparation for the attack).
ROBERT Keyes Recruited to guard the gunpowder supplies before they were transferred to their hiding place beneath the Houses of Parliament, Robert was a distant cousin of both the Wintour brothers and the Wright brothers.
THOMAS Bates Robert Catesby’s servant was added to the group of conspirators because he accidentally discovered the plot after becoming suspicious of his master’s movements.
JOHN Grant The third member of the penultimate group of three, John Grant was brother in law to the Wintour brothers, and was recruited to provide supplies for an uprising in the Midlands.
AMBROSE Rookwood The first member of the final group of three recruits, Ambrose was Robert Keyes’ cousin in law and was recruited for his extensive stable of horses – needed for the Midlands uprising.
FRANCIS Tresham A cousin of Robert Catesby, Francis was recruited for access to his recent inheritance and his estate at Rushton Hall; he refused Catesby both, although he did give a small amount of money to Thomas Wintour.
Sir EVERARD Digby The final recruit, Sir Digby was recruited for his money and his stable of horses to fund (and participate) in the Midlands uprising.

Buy Stikins ® name labels & get all your winter warmers safely & securely labelled

If you’re planning to be out and about this weekend, you’ll probably be wrapping up nice and warm in a variety of winter warmers, which makes this the perfect time to get out your Stikins ® name labels (or to place another order if you’re running short) to get everything labelled.

Whether it’s a favourite scarf, a well-loved pair of gloves or mittens, or a super-snuggly hat, it’s all too easy to take these items off, put them down “somewhere safe”, and then completely forget to pick them up again – not to mention all the mix ups and confusion that can happen when these winter warmers are thrown together into the chaos of a classroom or school cloakroom. This is where our super sticky name labels can help to save the day!

Easy to use name labels that stick on and stay on

Stikins ® are extremely easy to use stick on labels that can be used as name labels on all kinds of winter warmers. The labels simply stick onto the wash-care label and will remain there for a very long time. Their durability and intense stickiness also renders them brilliant for use as school name labels throughout the winter, spring, summer, and autumn months. Each name label measures 3cm wide by 1.5cm high (so they won’t stick out when they’re not needed) and they are printed with a bold black font to make it really easy for your child (or a member of staff) to read the name on each item that you’ve labelled.

If you’re looking for name labels that can be used as school uniform labels, clothing labels, shoe labels and bag labels, and general purpose name labels for all the other “essentials” that your child likes to keep with them at all times, Stikins ® offer a truly multipurpose name labelling solution – meaning you can use just one pack of our stick on name labels to label pretty much everything! For more information about our name labels or to order a pack today, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team, Finally, the whole team would like to wish you a very happy and safe Bonfire Night!