Knoxville, IA – The Corral

I  often get inspired by Pinterest (especially when it comes to DIYs and DIY gifts) so it’s no surprise that I wanted to make Emily, one of my oldest friends, something as truly unique and beautiful as she is for her wedding. As an crafty girl herself, I knew she would truly appreciate it. I got the idea in the beginning of April but had to make sure to post this after her wedding on June 3rd so she wouldn’t read it and spoil her own surprise.

I started off with a vintage hat box that I found at a flea market. Originally, I had planned to put yard Yahtzee in it but then this idea struck me: why don’t I give her a box full of date necessities all based out of Indiana!? When I moved 9+ hours from home in Iowa, I was worried I’d lose my few close friends I managed to keep through college. This would be the perfect way to make sure they didn’t forget me as they moved on with their adult lives! I started with a bottle of red wine from French Lick Winery (that you can read about soon) and Amish Country popcorn (some of the best. popcorn. ever). I spent the next few days thinking about what to add. Homemade soaps? A wood something hand crafted by the Amish? I finally found the missing piece. A pillowcase made in northern Indiana that said “let’s cuddle”.

I finished it off by adding a note that said “for your first date night in as Mr. and Mrs.”

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