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LCBS Meeting Notes: Felt flower wood signs

Happy Spring — Finally!

Cuoghi hosted the May Ladies Craft Beer Society meeting, the last at her Ohio City house before she moves to Chicago 😦

This month’s project incorporated one of Cuoghi’s favorite crafts — felt flowers!

April showers bring may flowers

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How cute is this!

Cuoghi was kind enough to do some prep work the day before so that the meeting could focus on hot gluing felt flowers into existence (and drinking beer.)

 

 

Speaking of beer, the theme for this month was “Something floral, fruity, or citrusy”

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Craft time! Provided the full instructions here:

  • Buy wood, I used a 1″x8″x4′ and a 1″x6″x5′ pine and used a saw to cut them into equal portions. Most hardware stores will cut them for you as well.
  • Sand down the rough ends and stain (per instructions on the can, I used Espresso from Minwax) if you want, you could also paint them here too. These need to dry for ~8 hours
  • I made a stencil out of a piece of poster board for the watering can (inspiration found here) and filled it in with spray paint using some white Rust-Oleum Primer I had around the house
  • Felt! You need whatever colors you are interested in. You will be amazed at how many different, more natural looking, colors felt comes in! Your local fabric store is a great place to start but Etsy has plenty of sources for this too
  • Gather you hot glue gun and glue sticks and scissors as well as any extra paint or paint brushes
  • For flower patterns, I purchased these and then used other pictures online for inspiration.
  • Assemble each flower with hot glue and then glue to the board. Recommend some ice water for your fingers in case they come in contact with the hot glue.
  • Once done, attach frame hook to back of wood. Could also drill holes and string with ribbon or twine to hang.

 

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Voila!

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Until next time, Happy Crafting – and Cheers!

cheers

Meeting notes

LCBS Meeting Notes: Hardware Store Tassel Necklaces

The April 2018 LCBS meeting is in the books! Betsy hosted at her adorable townhouse, and found a craft that was as easy as it was cute: hardware store tassel necklaces (adapted from Style Bee).

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Even for this sleep-deprived guest, this was an easy craft and it turned out great. If you want to make your own tassel necklace, here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies

  • Hemp cording
  • Crochet thread
  • Copper couplings
  • Small clear hair elastics
  • Jewelry hardware (crimp beats, lobster clasps and jump rings)

Tools

  • Sharp scissors
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Something to wrap your thread around – we used beer cans or our phones

 

Directions

Wrap the crochet thread around whatever you’re using about 60 times, then carefully cut it so you have a thick bunch of string.

Thread the strings as a bunch through your copper coupling.

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Use your clear hair elastic to secure the threads at the base of the copper coupling, then wrap more crochet thread around the elastic to hide it. Tie in a good strong knot and trim the ends. Then trim the ends of the thread bunch to even them out.

Next, we strung the copper coupling onto the hemp cord and checked it out in the mirror to decide on a necklace length. Style Bee recommended 19″ but most of us went a bit longer than that after seeing the example.

Cut the hemp cord to your preferred length, then add tape to each end (we used black cord and black electrical tape – nice because it was stretchy!) to keep it from fraying.

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Then, get to work on the jewelry hardware. We had to thread the split rings onto our crimp beads and lobster clasps, and then use the needle-nose pliers to scrunch them onto the ends of the cord. I didn’t get any good pictures of this, but you get the idea!

Voila!

 

 

So cute, so easy, and only $4 a pop for supplies.

Now, onto the beers.

 

 

Not pictured, but definitely enjoyed: Rhinegeist Cougar.

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Until next time,

Cheers!

cheers

Meeting Preview

Meeting Preview: Tassels and Wheat

This weekend, LCBS will be convening for our April meeting (and hoping dearly that spring actually starts to take a foothold here in Northeast Ohio.)

Betsy is hosting this month’s meeting and has chosen a fun hardware-store jewelry craft: Tassel necklaces (directions via Style Bee).

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Tassel necklaces via Style Bee

While we’re assembling these chic accessories, we’ll be enjoying our favorite “wheat/whit/white/blonde ales,” per Betsy’s theme this month. (Fun fact: Did you know the tops of wheat stalks are called tassels? Very apropos.)

Here are a few editor’s picks for beers:

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Three Floyds Gumballhead because it’s *amazing.*
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Jackie O’s Razz Wheat (Betsy is an OU grad and Jackie O’s is Athens’ *best* brewery, imho.)
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And for a local pick, the excellent Market Garden Brewery Prosperity Wheat

April 2018 Ladies Craft Beer Society: Hardware Store Tassel Necklaces

Hosted by: Betsy

Instructions & Gear: via Style Bee

Dues to cover supplies: $4

Bring your own: Needle-nose pliers

Beer theme: Wheat ales, whits, white ales and blonde ales

Cheers, and happy crafting!

Ideas and inspiration

Throwback Craft Deep Dive: Pickles!

Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

Last week we presented you with a highlight reel from 2015, including a meeting where we made a whole lotta pickles (and pickling spice mix to take home). Our host from pickles month, Cuoghi, was kind enough to send me the details I couldn’t quite dig up, which she adapted from a number of sources.

Successful #ladiescraftbeersociety – pickles! #LCBS

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Sure, it’s not really cucumber season right now, but as Cuoghi reminded me: You can pickle anything!

Pickling spice:

  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 T mustard seeds
  • 2 T whole coriander seeds
  • 2 T black peppercorns
  • 2 t whole allspice
  • 2 t dill seeds
  • 2 t caraway seeds
  • 2 t chili flakes

Take cinnamon stick and either crush with a knife, jar, or rolling pin. Same with cloves. Tear bay leaves into very small pieces. Put all ingredients into jar and keep sealed.

Now, to put these to use, here’s a few cucumber pickles recipes. Both make about 1 quart jar of pickles.

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Pickles! Photo credit: Melissa

Dill pickles:

  • 6-7  kirby or pickling cucumbers
  • 1 c white vinegar
  • 3/4 c water
  • 2 T kosher salt
  • 1 T pickling spices
  • 3-4 fresh dill springs or 2 tsp dried
  • optional: 2-3 chopped garlic cloves, chile flakes, sliced jalapeno, you can add another teaspoon of dill seeds if you like them really dilly

Cut up cucumbers and put in clean jar and add optional items.

In a medium sauce pot, put everything else stir, bring to boil so that salt is dissolved, pour over cucumbers, seal jar. Let sit out for about an hour, then refrigerate.

Bread and butter pickled cucumbers:

  • About 6-7 kirby or pickling cucumbers
  • 1/2 small yellow sweet onion, thinly sliced or chopped
  • 1/4 cup Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar  (could go 3/4 if you like them sweeter)
  • 1 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed

Slice cucumbers about 1/4 inch thick. Add to clean jar along with onion.  In medium sauce pot, put in everything else, bring to boil so that salt and sugar are dissolved and pour over cucumbers. Place lid on jar and let sit for an hour or so, then place in fridge.

Both of these are good for a month in the fridge.  Although the lids on these jars may seal and “pop” when you open them, they are not technically canned and have to be refrigerated.

Cheers!

– Cuoghi (and Reanna)

Ideas and inspiration, Meeting notes

Best of 2015

It’s #throwbackthursday! Here’s a highlight reel from 2015 – Ladies Craft Beer Society’s second year. Enjoy!

Please note: I don’t have the exact tutorials we used for each of these crafts, just my best guess on similar ones!

January 2015 – First Anniversary – Guinness & Champagne Cocktails and DIY Greeting Cards

Hosted by: Reanna

General instructions: This was so easy, we didn’t have a singular source.

Bring your own: Ideas

Beer theme: Champagne & Guinness, New Year’s/anniversary toast-worthy beer.

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Sounds weird, tastes good: Champagne & Guinness cocktails for our first anniversary (Photo credit: Nicole)

March 2015 – Twofer: Springtime scarves and herb gardens

Hosted by: Cuoghi

General instructions: Via Planting Sequoias

Bring your own: Beer!

Beer theme: Stouts & porters

#lcbs ladies craft and drink beer too @theladiescraftbeersociety

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July 2015 – Hardware Store Friendship Bracelets

Hosted by: Stephanie

General instructions: Hex nut bracelet and wrapped ball chain bracelet and also these

Bring your own: Beer!

Beer theme: Canned beers – editor’s note: obviously, we didn’t all follow that rule 🙂

August 2015 – Pickles!

Hosted by: Cuoghi

General instructions: I’m not sure which recipe we used and don’t want to credit the wrong recipe, but Google “pickling spices recipe” and go to town!

Bring your own: Jars

Beer theme: Can’t remember, sorry!

Successful #ladiescraftbeersociety – pickles! #LCBS

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September 2015 – Clay Leaf Bowls

Hosted by: Emily

General instructions: Via Design*Sponge

Bring your own: Leaf, if you want

Beer theme: ?

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Photo credit: Emily
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Photo credit: Emily

October 2015 – Wine Cork Pumpkins

Hosted by: Melissa

General instructions: Via Decor by the Seashore

Bring your own: Wine cork collection!

Beer theme: Pumpkin beers, of course

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Photo credit:  Emily

 

December 2015 – Wire Christmas Ornaments

Hosted by: Field trip! We had a holiday dinner at Toast Cleveland

General instructions: Via Crafts Unleashed

Bring your own: Needle-nose pliers

Beer theme: Christmas ales, natch

#ladiescraftbeersociety celebrates the holidays

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Speaking of wraps, that’s a wrap on 2015!

As always, cheers —

Reanna

Meeting notes

LCBS Meeting Notes: Homemade Body Wash

The March LCBS was a success! Our group attempted to make homemade body wash, and nearly everyone participated in the craft, some people even making more than one kind. We haven’t tried them out yet, so we’ll see if we like the scents/lathering/everything else you judge a body wash by, but it was an easy craft that everyone enjoyed making, so I’d call that a success.

Want to make your own homemade body wash? Here’s the recipe we followed. They were inspired by these two websites: Wellness Mama and DIY Natural.

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Materials needed ^

Materials needed:

  • 2/3 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 30 – 60 drops essential oils (stop and smell along the way! Not everyone used as many as other people – use what smells good to you)

Directions:

  • Measure out all ingredients and combine in a bottle with a squirt top. We found it easy to use funnels to pour each ingredient into the bottles.
  • Shake the bottles when done to mix it all up! And shake gently before each use.

That’s it!

I made grapefruit-scented body wash, but some people were more adventurous and tried a few different essential oil combinations. Here are some of the combinations that people made:

  • Almond and grapefruit
  • Lavender and orange
  • Mint and eucalyptus (Stephanie made this and called it “Wake Up Wash”)

For our beer theme of the month, we did “beers that celebrate womanhood.” It was a fitting theme, chosen thanks to International Women’s Day earlier in the month. AND fitting because we had our first beer sponsor – BrewDog!

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Cheers!

BrewDog sent us some samples of their Pink IPA to enjoy while we crafted. Here’s a little bit about the Pink IPA (from BrewDog:

Satirically dubbed Beer for Girls, Pink IPA is BrewDog’s clarion call to close the gender pay gap in the U.S. and around the world and to expose sexist marketing to women, particularly within the beer industry. BrewDog will be using its most iconic beer, Punk IPA, as a weapon in this fight, packaging it in lurid pink and renaming to Pink IPA – a send-up of the lazy marketing efforts targeting the female market.

In the U.S., the brewer will also be serving the beer to those who identify as women for 80 percent of the standard retail cost of Punk IPA, mirroring the gender pay gap in the U.S. With the product being identical to the blue-branded Punk IPA, the brewer intends to trigger questions about why women continue to earn less than their male counterparts and offer them a discount on the beer equivalent to the gender pay gap. … BrewDog will [also]  be donating 20 percent (the gender pay gap in the U.S.) of its proceeds from canned Pink IPA and Punk IPA to causes that fight against gender inequality.

The ladies loved the Pink IPA and of course, we all loved the charitable contribution associated with it. So a BIG THANK YOU to BrewDog for sending us the beer and supporting women!

–Melissa

Meeting Preview

LCBS Preview: Homemade Body Wash

We’re getting excited for our next LCBS meeting, which is just a few days away! In the meantime, we wanted to share with you a sneak peek of our next craft and the beer theme. We’ll update you after the meeting and let you know how it went.

Meeting Host: Melissa

Beer Theme: In honor of last week’s International Women’s Day, the lovely LCBS ladies are bringing a beer (or drink) that celebrates womanhood. This is a beer that makes you feel feminine, womanly, or just a beer that makes you proud to be a girl!

Craft: Homemade Body Wash

Why I Chose the Craft: As a novice crafter (you should see my mitten-making skills), I was seeking a craft that was not only easy, but that could also be done if I happened to have a curious toddler on my barely-there 30+ week pregnant lap. Plus, I’m always a fan of something useful and who doesn’t use body wash? (Don’t answer that – I know that there are some of you out there) AND, even though it has snowed 9 out of the last 7 days (maybe an exaggeration), it’s still almost spring and we all need some spring (body) cleaning!

Craft Difficulty Level: 1

Supplies Needed (per person):

  • ⅔ cup liquid castile soap
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 50 – 60 drops essential oils (such as lavender, grapefruit, rose)
  • Container to hold your body wash – glass would be more environmentally friendly, but again, see note about curious toddler
  • Funnel
  • Waterproof label or permanent marker to label body wash

Stay tuned to find out how our body washes turn out!

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