Cabin Refreshment

I am one lucky woman, you guys. Not just because I have a great husband, or because my son is quite possibly the cutest thing to ever walk the face of the earth, or because I get to do what I love every day. It’s also because I married well- my husband’s family has a cabin.

It’s a gorgeous place- filled with forests and the lake and fishing and, of course, lots of laying around. I love it. Mike and I were actually married at this earthly heaven.

THis cabin is, bar-none, the highlight of our summers. Over the last few years, we haven’t really gotten to spend that much time there- I mean, come on, we’ve been married four years and each summer has been filled with stuff… year one- got married. Year two- built a house. Year three- had a baby. Year four- sold said house and moved. This is our first summer where nothing is happening (not accurate) and we have tons of time on our hands to go up to the cabin and relax.

I’m sharing all this to show you the pics I’ll be scrapping soon! Scrap on, dear friends!


My Addiction to Raspberries

Let me set the scene for you: it’s mid-summer, and a young girl (me) is spending her first long visit with her boyfriend’s family at their cabin. She’s packed all her cute summer outfits- making sure to be good-looking AND respectful. She’s packed make-up, but not too much. She even bought a new bathing suit that she hopes will satisfy her boyfriend AND not offend the parents. The week starts off wonderfully. They fish, swim, and chat, play games and enjoy hot chocolate. It’s really going well.

Now let’s pause. You know I’m not going to tell you a big long story about how I met my husband’s parents, totally wowed them, and then the end. Oh no, sister, it gets better.

On the third day of the trip, Mike’s wonderful mom made supper. It was great. I made sure to eat just enough to let her know I enjoyed it, but not so much as to embarrass myself. Then came dessert: vanilla ice cream with raspberries fresh picked from the garden. Man, it was good. So good, in fact, that I helped myself to a second helping of raspberries. Then a third. Then, because no one else was eating them, I stopped dishing myself more and just started eating them right out of the pint container. And I ate. And ate. And ate.

And they all just sat there watching me.

As much as this sounds like I should have stopped- stopped eating, stopped making a fool of myself- I couldn’t. It was one of those moments where the dang food just tasted so good, it didn’t matter what happened or who watched, I wasn’t stopping.

By the time I got to the bottom of the container, I (no lie) had red lips and an aching tummy. I was sicker than sick. And the potential inlaws? Not impressed.

Needless to say, we all got over it. I now stick to ONE portion of raspberries, and they make sure to rib me about my obsessive binge any time they can. But now, oh ladies, NOW, I can indulge on raspberries any time I want with no reprocussions- with the new paper pack set we made up- appropriately titled “Raspberry”:

These five juicy papers are now on sale at ShellinaScrap on Etsy!

Feel free to grab yourself a pint and enjoy to your little heart’s content! No one’s counting on this binge!

Happy (and yummy) scrapping!


Summer At Last!

As some of you might know, I live in Minnesota. There are several things this state is known for: The Vikings pro football team, The Mall of America, and COLD WINTERS. Notice I wrote that last one in all caps? It’s not just for effect. Our winters are cold, long, and just plain mean. During the winter you’ve got your standard photo ops- Christmas, the first snow… then it’s the second snow, the third, then before you know it, it’s the 100th snowy day and by golly, even the kids don’t want to play in it anymore. It’s during these times that us scrapbookers really hunker down and get pages done. It’s perfect weather for scrapping- get a movie, a hot chocolate, and your laptop, and you’re all set. Hello, hours and hours of happy scrapping!

This time of year, though, as the flowers are blooming and the grass needs mowing, I think things slow down for everyone when it comes to making progress on our scrapbooks. It’s just so tempting outside, isn’t it?! And plus, I bet the hubby (if you have one) is grilling and the kiddos (if you’ve got em) are running around… and there’s probably a book you could be reading…

As fun as all that is- let’s get back on track. The long-lasting natural light of the summer months makes for perfect photos of the kiddos AND the hubby, as well as your beautiful garden. If there were ever a time to get that camera out, it’s now. So, go find it, get it out, and take those pictures. Then, when the little ones are off to bed, come to ShellinaScrap for the cutest Sunny Day paper you’ll ever find. It’s perfect for those fun-in-the-sun photos! Take a look yourself!

Like what you see? It’s currently for sale at SuperShellina:
Sunny Day

Now, go have fun in that sun! 🙂