It’s Derby Time at Block Party!

Join Block Party Handmade Boutique on April 16 at their Frankfort Avenue location for a Derby filled Saturday! We’ll be set up to help you find everything you need to look your best and enjoy a day at the races.

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From 11-3 enjoy pop up shops from Block Party artists, free crafts for kids and free refreshments!

From 12-2 Make your own DIY Beauty Bar sugar scrub with Vintage Body Spa using a variety of exfoliants, scents, and natural oils to match your skin. Vintage Body Spa and A.J. Murray’s will launch their Derby scents including Mint Julep, Oaks Lilly, Run for the Roses and Kentucky Bourbon.  They’ll have gift sets for both men and women and shopping specials.

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Dawn Middleton of Dawn’s Designs is the current “Artist of the Month” at Block Party on Frankfort Avenue. Her handcrafted natural-themed jewelry is the perfect addition to your Derby outfit!  Her work will only be available for a limited time so this event is the perfect opportunity to pick up one of her beautiful designs for your Derby outfit!

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We’ll have a Derby themed craft set up so bring your kids and let them have fun while you shop!

From 3-5 enjoy a meet & greet with artist Liesl Long and enjoy cocktails while shopping. Liesl Long will have prints of her three new 2016 original Derby paintings available. These are limited edition and come in a variety of sizes.

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Throughout the day, Block Party will also have Cellar Door Chocolates, ties and bowties from Cyberoptix Tie Lab, Block Party curated dresses made in the USA by independent designers, and fascinators and hats from Deena Fitzpatrick to help customers meet all of their Derby needs!

 

Dawn’s Designs Jewelry

We are excited to have Dawn Middleton and Dawn’s Designs Jewelry as our next Artist of the Month at our Frankfort Avenue store! Her work will be up tomorrow for the FAT Friday Trolley Hop on March 25 and will stay on display through the end of April.  Her jewelry is perfect for Derby so stop by and pick up a beautiful necklace to enjoy a day at the races!

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Dawn Middleton necklace 1

As a child, I remember being entranced by the organic and whimsical designs of the Earth. Paying homage to this in my craft brings me daily joy and great energy to my life, focusing and continually using that energy to create a company and grow a business that is flourishing.

Each creation I make comes from some unknown place, and sometimes I don’t know what I will create until I sit down at the bench and start to form a new piece of jewelry. Oftentimes I will be under a deadline and then ideas start coming.

For materials, I assemble natural stones, fine and sterling silver, bronze, brass, copper, and precious and semi-precious stones. Inspiration is all around me being in organic surroundings, and so it is easy bringing them into my designs.

Interestingly, it was Ford Motor Company that nurtured me early on. For 14 years, working in Ford’s body shop, part of that time as a welder. I left when the company downsized, and from there took personal responsibility for my own growth. I studied interior design for four years which helped me understand that I could produce artful objects by applying the shapes, colors and textures of nature to jewelry design.

This passion was enhanced through metal smithing classes. It all started with a desire to bring into this world something special. Being inspired by my natural surroundings, and my love of gardening, being one with nature, so my jewelry designs reflects that special part of me.

Handcrafting, actually using my hands, has always attracted me to metal smithing and to the making of jewelry pieces. When I light up the torch, design ideas flow to me as I go through the process, and inspiration spills out from my soul. I spend a lot of time ruminating and then I create. — Dawn Middleton