Monday, July 26, 2010

Testrite Light Box from CSN Stores

Remember CSN Stores and the giveaway they sponsored a few months ago here?  Last month they contacted me again with another opportunity.  This time I was given the chance to purchase off of their website, from among the thousands and thousands of choices offered, and review my choice for you.

CSN Stores consist of over 200 online stores.   In spite of its massive size, the website is really easy to navigate, shop and check out .  Honestly, it took me FAR longer to decide what I wanted than anything else.  In the end I went with the 16 Watt Testrite Light Box

Light Box (8 Watt)
image from CSN Stores

I have wanted a light box for a long, long time.  Though the old tape-it-to-the-window method worked in a pinch, it was severely limiting and more than a little awkward and obnoxious. 

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I was limited to working only in the daytime, which isn’t always the best with small kids in the house.  I needed a better alternative and I was pretty excited to try out Testrite Light Box.  I didn’t have to wait long, the light box arrived just a few days after I ordered.


First of all, this light box is pretty hardcore.  My sister has a little dinky light box.  Not this thing, baby.  It has two super bright daylight lamps inside a solid metal casing. 


The cord is nice and long, so that I don’t have to be right next to an outlet to use it.  The instructions for use are straight forward and easy to follow


Really, that’s all of them. 
Plus, did you see the manufacture date?  It’s like they made it *just* for me!  Now that’s service!

It has a fun little “kick stand” friend on one end, that props the entire thing at an angle to make it more comfortable to use. 

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And use it I have.

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And in case you’re wondering if it will work with double layer Fun Foam…it does. I’m telling you, this thing rocks it.


One of the main reason I wanted a light box was because of this: 


a vintage 1947  children’s romper pattern my mother gave me, that she got from her mother.  There are a few transfer paper images as part of this pattern:  some flowers and an elephant. 


The transfer paper is still unused, but I wanted to keep it that way.  I have a few other vintage patterns with transfer images, one of which has been used.  But thanks to the Testrite Light Box, it doesn’t matter.  All I had to do was grab some plain old paper and trace the original onto it.  Then, again using the Testrite Light Box, I traced that directly onto the fabric.


Later this week we’re going to go over the making of these super easy hankies. 


And soon, home-made screen printing more shirts than you ever want to think about again for a huge family reunion. 

So run to CSN Stores and grab yourself a Testrite Light Box so you’ll be cool and prepared.  Or you can just wait for the sun to come out and tape the image to your window, not so cool.  Your choice.


Oh, I also picked up this super sweet Simplehuman Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder from CSN Stores.  Even though the items were from different stores within CSN, I was able to checkout all at once.  Super easy.   And then I defied The Man and stuck my reusable kitchen towels on it instead of paper ones.  And it works like a champ.  Like a Simplehuman champ.  My counters are cleaner and clearer and I pretty much love it completely.


Thanks CSN Stores!


Nancy said...

Really cool! I have seen light boxes but never used one. This one looks good quality and easy to use. I can't wait for the hankies!

Melissa said...

Oooooooooooh quality light box...must see how much it cost!!

SAMZE said...

Wow!!! Thanks for sharing!!! :) Ah, something else for the wish list! ha ha ha! :)

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