All the Sun For You

A mom, two boys, a husband, and a whole lot of adventure!



I read a blog post on Tuesday that blew my mind – and may have changed my life!  This sounds dramatic, but it’s true.

KeAnne, from “Family Building with a Twist,” posted about an art project she did with a group of gals while sipping on wine.  I had never heard of such a thing, but quickly looked into it because A) I am crafty and LOVE the next new art challenge and B) why the heck not????  I immediately found 515 Wine With Design here in DSM and their project coming up in just 4 days was a teal and orange owl canvas.  PERFECT for Bryson’s room.

I signed up!

I painted my owl today and it is just what I wanted for Bryson’s room.  It is awesome and it turned out great (I have no problems admitting when a project turns out as I’d hoped, and I have no problems admitting when they don’t!).  I was the only person there without a friend, which was fine by me because I had an owl to paint.

Like KeAnne’s project, the owl was pre-drawn on the canvas and Marcy had added texture to the canvas already.  All I had to do was paint it, and instruction was given on just how to do that.  There was a gal there who was a professional painter and boy was her finished project something to admire!  I loved seeing how everyone made their painting their own and I was thrilled to come home with a painting that, quite honestly, I probably would have paid a lot of money for had I found it for sale somewhere.  Hottie loves it and Matthew thinks it’s pretty cool that Mommy painted a picture for Bryson’s room.

Now both boys have paintings in their rooms that I’ve done, and that makes me happy!

Thank you, KeAnne, for posting about your beautiful painting!  Without you, I would not know about this new social experience that is sweeping the nation!


I started taking photos step-by-step, but that became difficult and I just got down to my task at hand – painting!

Me with "Noel," who was named by Matthew  :)

Me with “Noel,” who was named by Matthew 🙂


Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

7 thoughts on “Thievery!

  1. It is absolutely beautiful! Great work!

  2. I love this! i’d love to do something like that 🙂

  3. This sounds like so much fun! Wine, painting, count me in (if only it was available here). Your end result was awesome too! And like I said on FB, you look fantastic skinny lady!!

    • Thanks, Fiona! I tried on my favorite swim suit from my skinny days yesterday and was very sad that it’s now too big. First world problems, but I’m now seeing what everyone has been telling me. Skinny? No… but almost!

      • Oh wow, that is awesome!! Okay, a shame that it is your favourite and it doesn’t fit, but awesome that it is too big! You are such an inspiration! 🙂

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