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 😦

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!

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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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Ideas and inspiration, Meeting notes

How to craft a craft club: Our first tutorial

This past weekend, most of the members of Ladies Craft Beer Society gathered to celebrate the impending arrival of yet another LCBS baby (this will make baby #6!)

Even though it wasn’t an official LCBS meeting, there was, of course, a craft.

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.

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Ladies Craft Beer Society, or Ladies Carrying Babies Society? (Photo credit: Elizabeth)

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

Membership

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…

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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!

In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Instagram (and check out #ladiescraftbeersociety for some of our member posts throughout the years.)

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 🙂

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 🙂

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