Handmade Stocking Stuffers

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Need some small items to add to your holiday gifts?  Block Party Handmade Boutique has the answer!  Here are some of our favorite gifts for around $5.

Cellar Door Chocolates Hot Chocolate Whisks – $4.50
Just add warm milk (or coconut, almond milk) and ta-da! You have a fresh cup of the most amazing hot chocolate.  Flavors include mexican hot chocolate, peppermint, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and cinnamon!

Inappropriate Koozies from Valley Cruise Press – $6
Delightfully designed beer koozies for those who want to keep it classy – we have “Inappropriately drunk at my family gathering” and “inappropriately drunk at my work party” both perfect for stocking stuffers or secret santa gifts!

Lil’ readers Button Pack – $5
All wrapped up and ready to go in a cute package, these buttons are adorably designed by Greg Pizzoli and printed in the USA.  Perfect for your favorite book worm, big or small.  Also in the same vein, check out – Miss Happy Pink’s punny foods illustrated magnets $3 like “I don’t carrot all”.

Aromaholic Cocktail Lip Balms – $4 or 4/$15
Wonderful and delicious handmade lip balms in fun flavors like IPA, Bourbon, and Moscow Mule, you’re destined to find the perfect ones for your family and friends.

Gourmet Lollipops – 3/$5
These lollipops are no joke – made with fresh, real ingredients, and fun flavors, they are destined to delight.  My personal favorites are Basil Black Cherry and Blackberry Cheesecake, mmm.

Temporary Tattoos – 2/$5
Temporary Tattoos are fun and clever and you will have fun pretending to put them on your loved ones like you were a real tattoo artist.  My favorite on is the Party Time watch, because it’s always party time!  Also a Pro-Tip – adhere these to blank ornaments to create a fun DIY ornament!

Bath Bombs by Vintage Body Spa –  2/$5
Mix and match with flavors like South Pacific and Lemongrass and Ginger, these bath bombs are made with all natural ingredients and smell and feel fantastic.

Featured Artist – Katie Judah

In August 2015, Block Party Handmade Boutique opened a second location on Frankfort Avenue, expanding their handmade love to the Crescent Hill neighborhood. Katie Judah, came on board alongside Mary Levinsky (owner and genius behind Block Party) as Block Party’s #2 lady!

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Mayor Fischer, Katie Judah and Mary Levinsky at Block Party Handmade Boutique’s Frankfort Avenue Grand Opening. 

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You started working for Block Party this year. What is your role?

Adelle Rose is what led me to Block Party. I was looking to expand my business from Etsy and occasional craft shows and met with Mary in August 2013. In October, I joined the shop as a co-op artist. I loved working my co-op shifts from the beginning. The shop had such a fun atmosphere and I loved meeting all of the other artists and getting to know them.

When Mary told me she was exploring opening a second shop early this year, I was immediately interested in taking on a bigger role with Block Party. I had worked in banking for 14 years and was looking to make a change to something completely different. I wanted a position where I could be creative but still use all of the management skills I acquired over the previous decade.

Managing Block Party is the perfect job for me, allowing me to use all of the skills I learned at the bank while still being creative and having a lot more fun! In addition to working in the shop and providing customer service, I am also responsible for training all new co-op artists. I schedule co-op shifts and am on call to answer questions when co-op artists are working. I handle the monthly bookkeeping and ensure we have signed contracts on file for all artists. I do a lot behind the scenes so that Mary can focus on finding new artists and vendors for the shop.

Tell us about your business Adelle Rose. 

I started making jewelry about five years ago. At first I just made jewelry for myself and family and friends as gifts. Pretty soon, though, I had more jewelry than I could wear or give away so I decided to start selling some of my work. Etsy provided a great place for me to get started and I opened my shop there in January 2011.

I have always loved fashion and accessories and making jewelry allows me to share that love with others. I use vintage beads and materials when I can -I love to take apart old necklaces, earrings and brooches and make them into something new.

What is one of the most interesting vintage items you’ve used in your jewelry?

I have made jewelry using lots of different vintage materials. I have cut up doilies and used the flowers as links in earrings, ripped pages from old books and decoupaged them to bracelets and turned buttons (lots and lots of buttons!) into bobby pins and earrings. The most interesting vintage item I have ever used to make jewelry, however, is very personal. My grandma had a double strand aurora borealis necklace and I used to play with it all the time as a little girl. Eventually it broke and only one strand remained. I used those beads to make earrings for my mom and myself. Now every time I wear them, I think of my grandma.

What’s your favorite local place to go thrifting at?

I love to go to Crazy Daisy Antique Mall. I have found so many treasures there. One booth in particular always has lots of vintage sewing notions and supplies for which I have a considerable weakness.

If you could go back and visit any decade, which would you choose and why?

My husband and I recently started watching Mad Men on Netflix (several years too late, I know) and despite all of the issues the characters on that show face, the clothes and accessories are simply stunning. No matter how dark the events going on may be, I never fail to sigh happily at Betty’s dress and bright red lipstick or Joan’s stunning brooch. So as long as I’m just visiting, I would have to say the 1960s.

You can find Adelle Rose jewelry at both Block Party’s downtown and Frankfort Avenue locations

Let’s Get Spooky! Halloween at Block Party Frankfort Avenue

Let’s get spooky! In honor of the tradition of Halloween on Hillcrest Avenue, we have decked out our Frankfort Avenue shop with lots of handmade Halloween goodies!  If you’re not familiar with Halloween on Hillcrest, more than 50 houses get transformed into an amazing Halloween wonderland, including our manager Katie’s Harry Potter house! It is a tradition that makes Louisville very unique and we are excited to be so close to it at our Frankfort Avenue location.  So are you ready to get spooky? Let’s share some of our favorite Halloween picks!

Let's get spooky!

For more information visit hillcresthalloween.com

For more information visit hillcresthalloween.com.

First up is our Ghoul Power Dress, handmade in the US,  available in S, M, L, $78.  Wear this cute fit and flare dress throughout the month to show your love for the season, or wear it instead of a whole costume. Pair it with some black tights, ankle boots, and a black sweater! Even better, add some cute handmade jewelry from the shop as well, like this locally handmade glass necklace from Ben Lang glass $30.

Goul Power Dress

Ghoul Power Dress

We love these soft unisex baseball tee’s printed in Ohio, showing off two of our favorite Halloween movies, the Addams Family, and Hocus Pocus! Available in sizes S-XL $28 each. These are paired overtop of a handmade black maxi dress ($88) and with a chunky orange druzy beaded necklace made by Adelle Rose ($45).

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Get your kids into the season with these adorable handmade Halloween soaps by Single Barrel Soaps. Handmade locally. The rubber ducky soaps come in flavors like fresh apples and fruity loops and the Goat’s Milk Candy Corn soap is perfect for sensitive skin and has a secret hidden toy inside! (kids soaps $5.25, large soaps $7)

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Sip your fall beverages all month long in these hand painted punny wine glasses made locally by Mary Levinsky $24 each or 2/$40!

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Going to a Halloween Party? Bring the host some spooky chocolates made locally by Cellar Door Chocolates. Bunnicula’s are white chocolate filled with peanut butter, Zombunnies are white chocolate filled with Caramel!

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Adelle Rose Jewelry has lots of cute Halloween earrings like these beaded zombies for $15!

zombie Miss Happy Pink nails the “sweet but a little creepy” vibe with this Eternal love hand pulled silkscreen for $17

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We hope you love all of our Halloween picks and make sure to check out our new second location at 2916 Frankfort Avenue!  Save the date for our Halloween Party during the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop on October 30th from 5:30pm-9:30pm. We will have spooky snacks and lots of Halloween goodies, plus tarot card readings!