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, 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

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!

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

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

As always, cheers —

Reanna

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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