Tuesday, November 22, 2016

That time I went to Chicago with my sister.

I went to Chicago last week with my sister Hannah as part of a little birthday celebration for her. We stopped at Lake Michigan on the way there and the wind was seriously insane, we took a video where I was trying to jump into the wind and my coat was parachuting out and basically moving me backwards! We ate an absurd amount of food (some favorites: Umami vegetarian burger! SO good! Stan's Donuts!), got tattoos and stayed up late annnnd braved driving in Chicago city traffic.... we are definitely not city drivers so we were super nervous about this one haha!

Happy, happy birthday, sis!! I love you to the moon and back, thanks for making me laugh until I pee and mostly for always leavin the light on for me.

And here is a little video I made from some bits of our trip if you'd like to check it out :)

Chicago 2016 from Tisse on Vimeo.

Sources for items in the video:
Hannah's coat
My fuzzy coat
My long coat was from Ascot and Hart last year
My pom hat
Hannah's "wander" hat
My backpack
Most of the sweatshirts/tshirts we had on are from our shop, HERE. 

Throwback to that time we went to Vegas, HERE. And that time we went to Florida, HERE. :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A film from October.

Some bits and pieces of our October.

When she was four years and seven months. 

And he was one year and six months. 

And it was Chris's first October of his 30's.

And I was in the last few months of 28. 

It was the first fall that Weston could walk and the first fall that they were really friends. 

The weather felt more like summer than fall and the leaves and flowers clung on extra long and the earth smelled sweet and warm.

Bits of October 2016 from Tisse on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

On the road to Alaska, Part 1.

We've been home from our road trip for about a month now, I figured its definitely time that I give these photos a home outside of my camera roll!

In case you haven't heard, we went on a big road trip across the US during the month of July for my sister's wedding (more about the wedding, HERE and more about the RV we took HERE). We left Michigan and then over the course of a week we worked our way over to Washington. It was an amazingly wonderful, magical, EXHAUSTING trip and we had an absolute blast! The photos here cover our trip from Michigan to Indiana, then on to Wisconsin, Minnesota and up to Souix Falls in South Dakota.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

My sister's wedding.

My sister was married on the tenth day in July in Juneau, Alaska. The sky was filled with fluffy white clouds that danced along the tops of the mountains. It was about sixty degrees and the earth smelled like rain and it felt like the trees and the water and the sky and everything was just vibrating with love. I have never in my life seen a more beautiful bride than my sister on her wedding day. She glowed from the inside out and seemed more herself than any other day of her life. The whole day was just so easy, and peaceful and just everything that I ever could've hoped for her special day to be!

We had the best time spending the day with all of our favorite people and I'm forever grateful to have played a small part in their happily ever after! (Also, we are SO stinking excited for you to be officially joining our family, Charlie!) 

You guys! I love love! 

All the wedding photography was shot by our amazing friend and photography magician, Joel Allegretto. No matter where you are, if you're looking for a photographer, he's your guy! You can see even more of his photos from the special day in his blog post, here

Navi's shoes, here.
Hannah shoes, here.
Weston's shoes, here. 

Oh! And here is a little video I put together of a few bits and pieces of the wedding day. The song is "all of my days" by Alexi Murdoch and the video was made on my phone using the app "lumify". And you can see more photos that Hannah and I posted from the tip at #hannahsalaskanwedding

My sister's wedding. from Tisse on Vimeo.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Our five day RV renovation.

We just took a three week road trip across the US. First we drove to Seattle and then we hopped on a boat to Alaska for a week and then came back to Seattle and drove home to Michigan. We had the absolute BEST time and I have tons of photos and such to share from our trip! I'll be breaking things up into multiple posts because seriously the amount of photos that Chris and I took is insane! So to kick off the #tissesroadtrip posts I'm going to share a bit about the RV we took. If you've been following along here for a while you already know that we have a 1975 vintage bus that we use for our camping trips. So before you freak out and think that I gutted that beauty, fear not! The 75 is still in her original orange shag carpet glory, this is a different RV! So here we go, this is how it all went down...

(I typed this up right before we left home in the beginning of July)

First a little backstory... 

My sister, Hannah, is getting married in Alaska the second week in July. Our family and the rest of the wedding guests have been planning to fly into Seattle and then take a cruise to Alaska together for the festivities. A little over a week ago those plans came to a halt and we were left scrambling to put together a new plan for my little family of four. Weston has been on and off batting ear infections the last few months and with the fluid situation in his ears we were advised to not fly with him until he could be evaluated by an ear nose and throat specialist. So with an ENT appointment booked for the end of July we figured our only other option was to road trip it to Seattle and meet up with everyone there for the cruise. Seems logical enough since we already have a big bus.

 BUT! That big 75 bus of ours isn't mountain worthy and would most certainly not have the gusto to make it through the Rockies. So that left us with one week to find and a new RV before leaving Michigan in time for the nuptials. 

We found an RV in Ohio that was perfect for our trip... And for some insane reason I figured that five days was plenty of time to do a full RV renovation before taking off on our adventure. It was a total race against the clock to get this thing finished in time but everything just sort of fell into place and we are so SO pleased with how it turned out. The RV was absolutely fine as is (which kind of made me feel a little silly at first about wanting to overhaul it) but it just didn't feel like us. And we figured we'd be spending so much time in it so it might as well be a space that we all felt at home in. It certainly feels like a homey space to us now and its left us  wondering how we are ever going to follow through with our original plan to sell this thing when we get home. 

So here is our five day RV renovation that was surprisingly budget friendly! A lot of the decor I already had or borrowed from our other bus so in total this face lift cost us around $400....and if you're looking for sources from our renovation, I've added links and such at the end. :) 

Here are a few of the 'before' photos... which are super terrible because I wasn't planning on posting about this, I just took them for my own records. Butttt I figured what's the point of after photos if you don't have the before photos to look at too. So, here they are...

And now, the 'after'...

pink runner rug
pink/gray/gold rug
gold rug
wood shiplap wallpaper
animal face wallpaper
chalkboard vinyl
stick on subway tile backsplash
cabinet pull handles
wool dreamcatcher
"not all who wander" sign (similar)
decorative washi tape
falsa blankets on couch and dinette
gripper paint
For the curtains I just bought two different pairs at target (I can't seem to find them on their website now?) and had a seamstress size them to fit our windows and then used sew on hook and loop Velcro tape and bits of the old curtain hardware to attach everything.
The metal "home" sign above the bed I found in the clearance section at Michaels. You can find a similar one HERE.

And I've been asked about a few things not shown in these photos that folks saw on my snapchat (I'm @tissespieces over there) during our trip, so here's the sources for those:

The wooden ball and track toy the kids were playing with HERE.
Navi's sewing tiles HERE.
Weston's lightweight carseat HERE.

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