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.

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: ?

Photo credit: Emily

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

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 —


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.

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)


  • 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!


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!