You’ll Never Believe What This Wedding Dress Is Made of
Commutes can be a grind. They’re crowded, slow moving and occur far too early in the morning for our liking. If you commute via public transportation, someone else is navigating, which means you are free to do whatever you please. We love social media as much as the next gal, but just think about what you could be doing beyond Facebok and Instagram. After seeing what Seattle-based architect, Chi Krneta did on her daily bus ride, you’re definitely going to want to put your commuting time to better use.
This bride-to-be crocheted her wedding dress during her bus ride to work. Yes, crocheted! Whatever matronly visions you’re having of a shapeless dress made out of yarn, throw them out the window. Her dress turned out phenomenal. It features the pineapple stitch, a deep v-neck and capped sleeves. Krneta worked on the dress five days a week, for about an hour a day, over five months.
So maybe this is all totally impressive and making you rethink those daily statuses venting about the crowded train, but you haven’t even heard the best part. The whole thing cost $30! We’ll wait while you pick up your jaw. With brides spending closer to an average of a few thousand dollars on a gown, this is a seriously glamorous way to save money.
In addition to her wedding gown, Krneta also made another dress for the reception and all her bridesmaids’ gowns. The reception dress, which was inspired by Chrysanthemums, is a short, dance-friendly piece that has petals extending out the bottom and the top. It can also be broken apart as a top and dress so Krneta can wear it after the wedding.
Of the bridesmaid dresses she tells Seattle Magazine, “They are convertible from long to short with a drawstring at the skirt’s hem that folds up and cinches at the waist. Short for when the bridesmaids are running around setting up for the wedding or dancing afterwards; long and elegant for the ceremony.” Now Krneta not only has us thinking how we can be more productive, but how we can fashion our wedding apparel to be more reusable.
Even if you don’t need a wedding dress anytime soon, you can still turn your commute into “DIY-me time.” Put down the cell phone and grab that book you’ve been meaning to read, or that embroidery hoop you’ve been meaning to stitch. Even bring a camera and just snap away at everything you see outside the window. After awhile, when 8:30AM rolls around you’ll be thinking more about that hour to work on your next project and less about the long ride ahead.
How do you keep your morning commute interesting? Share your tips with us in the comments below!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)