Thursday, May 29, 2008

here comes the bride dadadadaaaaaaa!

and all that stuff!
It has been super hectic here! House guests, both human and animal (current guest is Sparkle the super huge african land snail), christening, wedding, all associated appointments (mani/pedi etc) gift buying, birthdays and so on!
SO Sunday was THE day- christening first then on to the wedding.

Christening pics...

Laughter caused by Amelia SPLASHING with both hands in the font as she was being baptised (thankfully Rev Tim is so laid back, as long as the kids are safe they can wander around the church during the service etc) LOL! It was too funny!

Just look at her- she is such a little imp!

Parents, godparents and the most beautiful girlies (they really did look so so pretty)

So, christenings done, off to the wedding!

Always a cute kid to oblige with photos!

Confetti in the cleavage Chris?

Awww Groom blubbing! (sorry Rodg!)

Me and middle bridesmaid Caitlin, she had a whole box of toys and stuff in her place, and bless her she was so so excited about every single item! More impressed than she was with her dinner which she 'didn't ask for' LOL bless her heart!

More waffle to come soon- gotta go out in 2 minutes and am sat here with wet hair!

Thursday, May 01, 2008


Back again! I have my hospital appointment through (was really quick to arrive which impressed me as apparently GP's are renowned for sitting with referrals on their desks for weeks on end before sending them to the hospital).

So off for scans to see what kind of state my gallbladder is in, whether there are any stones or anything lurking in there, and then two weeks later I get the results and my GP makes the decision whether I am to be operated on or not! *eek*

Onwards and upwards...I was one of the testers for this lil gadget for design objectives...

I have looked at these in the range a few times, as I liked the idea of the teensy little strips that can be used a couple at a time, or in one big line. I have used their mounting tabs before which I loved. To be honest the price made the decision for me, however if refills were an option (at a reasonable price) I would have forked out the £4.99 for the actual runner.
So, I set myself a little challenge with this baby. As I was doing my ATF layout for this week, I thought I would see how much of the layout I could stick using just this product.
This is the layout...

So there is the usual photo, card and paper, and then a flower and chipboard to stick down too. The adhesive coped really well, and I liked the fact that it held well, but had a little bit of a 'give' to allow me to reposition the item fairly easily.
The only thing that this product didn't hold too well was the chipboard, I did find that it popped off slightly (particularly the circle) but I have left it as is and will check again to see if it has 'taken' a bit better as time has gone on. I also decided afterwards to use a foam pad under the chipboard heart, and it was easy to remove after sticking it down with the runner.
Loved the fact that you could use it in a curve, it was ridiculously easy to use, and love that you can use the tiny strips for smaller areas. I will be putting this through its paces I can assure you!

Onto the Q&A bit-
1. How often do you use adhesive? Every time I craft, so not a huge amount at the moment (whilst I have been poorly), but usually most days.
2. What is the main type of adhesive you use? Gosh- I have a massive collection of adhesive, but I guess the most used is herma runners (repo and permanent), followed by DST, pva, glossy/matt accents and foam pads depending on the task in hand.
3. What do you look for in an adhesive? Good stickability, price, ease of use, a product that is not wasteful.
4. How easy is the product to remove from its packaging? very easy
5. Does the product appeal to you - i.e. does it look good? It's ok, I don't really pay a lot of attention to the aesthetics of things provided they have a good design for usability and storage, which this did.
6. How easy is the product to use? Very very easy, it has a really comfortable, easy to use design.
7. How well does the product perform? Very well, apart from the chipboard which I will check on again once a bit of time has elapsed.
8. Do you like this product? Very much so!
9. Do you consider it good value for money? It is good value in terms of usability, but too expensive for a non-refillable dispenser.
10. Would you consider buying this product in the future? Yes I would.
11. What would make you more likely to buy this product in the future? If the price came down a substantial amount, or if refills were available for a good price.
12. What would make you less likely to buy this product in the future? If it stayed at this price I would certainly think twice about buying it.

I would rate this at 8 out of 10 only losing points on the price and being non-refillable.

Well- photos of this gorgeous wee munchkin! Check her out!

cocky madame, closing her eyes and pointing whilst walking!

scrummy chubby legs!

being a smarty pants and carrying 'doggy'

she got really into walking the entire length of the lounge and diner between me and Amy (just under 40 steps yay!), spinning round and off she would go again. Unfortunately, just after this last photo she was chortling away (my fault!) and fell backwards straight onto her head :( Hoping it hasn't put her off, I think she is getting Jasmine's share of bumps, as she was a cocky so and so when she started walking!