Meeting notes

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 ūüė¶

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, 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 ūüôā

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 notes

Best of 2014

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.)

String Art – June 2014

Hosted by: Reanna

General instructions via SnapGuide

Bring your own: Hammer

Beer theme: Summer beers. Mexican lagers and pilsners, plus sangria because Reanna got a bunch of free wine!

 

Homemade Limoncello – September 2014

Hosted by: Emily

General instructions via Gizmodo

Special considerations: Takes a month to stew

Beer theme: Farmhouse ales and saisons

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Homemade Limoncello. Photo credit: Nicole

Decoupage Cork Coasters – November 2014

Hosted by: Reanna (but a special field trip to Platform Beer Co.)

General instructions via Instructables

Bring your own: Old books/magazines

Beer theme: Platform, baby. We mostly stuck to Esther to celebrate the season. We only broke one glass ūüôā

Crafty Secret Santa and DIY holiday cards – December 2014

Hosted by: Cari

We also made Christmas cards for a 6-year-old girl with a terminal illness who requested “a lifetime of Christmas cards.”

Special considerations: We set up a Secret Santa, and gifts could either be craft supplies, a crafted gift, or a craft beer. Spending limit was $10.

Beer theme: Platform, baby. We mostly stuck to Esther to celebrate the season. We only broke one glass ūüôā

That’s a wrap on 2014! Stay tuned for the next recap soon.