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
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.)
Boards cut to size
Sanding (hello, little tomato plants!)
Stenciling a watering can
Speaking of beer, the theme for this month was “Something floral, fruity, or citrusy”
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 and filled it in with spray paint using some white Krylon 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.
Thread the strings as a bunch through your copper coupling.
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.
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!
So cute, so easy, and only $4 a pop for supplies.
Now, onto the beers.
Not pictured, but definitely enjoyed: Rhinegeist Cougar.
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.
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)
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.
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!
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!
It’s been a long winter, and after the shower we all realized how important our monthly gatherings do to help us reconnect. The crafts are always fun (if not always a smashing success), the beers are cold and delicious (if not always universally enjoyed, because one or the other of us seems to always be pregnant), but the one running constant is the friendships we’ve built along the way.
If you’re looking for a good excuse to make new friends or grow the bonds of your existing friend group, may we recommend starting a craft club? It’s really easy.
Here’s our very first tutorial —
How to Craft a Craft Club
Your club should consist of friends and acquaintances you admire and/or would like to get to know better. Obviously, we’re a ladies craft beer society, but you don’t have to stick to that formula, if you know some men (or non-gender conforming individuals) who would have fun wielding a glue gun and a can of beer.
Feel free to reassure any dubious invitees that they don’t have to be particularly crafty or creative. It’s just fun to play around, get a little messy and experiment with different projects.
Our members also periodically invite guests to meetings, which is always fun.
Meetings and dues
Each month, members take turns hosting. The host selects the craft (usually based on a seasonal theme, though not always. Pinterest is, of course, our go-to source material for craft ideas.) Pro tip: We have found over the years that short, easy crafts (or at least ones that you can start at the meeting and take home to finish) work best, because we’re often busy talking and eating for so much of the meeting.
The host is also responsible for acquiring supplies and setting dues for that meeting (just to cover supplies.) We try to keep most of our crafts to $10 or less per person.
You could set up some sort of supplies account and have everyone pay an annual dues to cover all crafts, but we’ve found the à la carte approach to be the fairest and easiest way for everyone to just pay for what they can actually attend. We also periodically end up with “stash buster” type crafts where we use up supplies previously purchased and left over from other crafts.
Sometimes we’ll ask attendees to bring their own scissors, or glue gun, or item to upcycle for the craft. Speaking of bring your own…
We also pick a beer theme each month. This could be a beer style (such as “farmhouse ales” or “sour beers”) or a theme like “brewery you’ve never heard of.” And while “craft beer” is in our name, sometimes the weather is just too nice not to make sangria. Of course, if your friends are more into wine, or tea, or kombucha, you can adjust your club as appropriate.
Everyone usually brings a six-pack and/or a snack to share. Usually the host ends up with a fridge full of leftover beer and at least two types of hummus to sustain her for the next week. It makes up for all the paint stains and glitter mess.
That’s it! We told you it was easy.
Stay tuned, because our first meeting since launching this site is coming up soon. We can’t wait to let you in on one of our meetings!
Going forward, we’ll be posting meeting updates that highlight our monthly crafts and beer features. In the meantime, here’s a highlight reel from the first four years — starting from 2014. Special thanks to Melissa, Nicole, Emily, Cuoghi and Cari for their Instagram foresight (and willingness to share.)