I don't know if you know this, but adoptions are expensive, y'all! And mine came around so quickly I didn't have much time for fundraising. Usually the adoptive couple has a couple years to save up and do bake sales, online clothing/jewelry/candle parties, etc. Not me! From initial inquiry to baby in arms will be 10 months.
I felt overwhelmed and didn't know where to start with fundraisers. Someone suggested a painting party, but that takes time to set up. In the spirit of making memories more than funding an adoption, I finally set one up. The artist host even let me pick the subject of our paintings to be!
I chose a campfire in front of tall trees, right after sunset. The nursery will be camping themed, so I plan on hanging my painting on the wall in there.
I didn't manage to take pictures of the process, but Kate took a few:
Addendum: I did get the painting hunt in the nursery, with room to paint in the baby's name after he's born. Ryan and I are keeping that to ourselves until the birth.
I know the sip n' paint phenomenon is nearly out of fashion again, but as of this year's KC Renaissance Festival I had never actually done one. As part of their added activities, the Festival offered a wine and paint afternoon in one of their "restaurants" during a slow time.
I didn't really want to go to the other activities, so why not?
Kate and I were the only ones who signed up. Let's just say the artist and waitress hosting this event got quite tipsy. Even Kate and I were snuck an extra glass of wine. We somehow had a pretty good time anyway and DID NOT get paint on our dresses!
I wouldn't normally paint something like this with a yellow background, but I'd say it turned out pretty good. Needless to say the Festival doesn't offer this event anymore, so I'd like to think we created some one-of-a-kind art!
Twins each with half a brain in reality; the other half displayed here!