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A creative collaboration is in some ways like giving birth (although the pain is rather more cerebral!)… you have to find the right partner, with similar values.  It’s best if you each bring different, although compatible, strengths to the relationship.  There’s a process of getting to know one another and, if it is a good partnership, the alchemy where 1+1=3.  You get better at it with time.  And then you decide to create something that is in and of your joint DNA, that hopefully you’ll love (!!!).  I guess that’s where I’ll leave the analogy because it the product world there is also the process of rejecting things you don’t like along the way and trial and error and, well, that’s just a conversation we don’t need to have on a beeswax candle blog!

Which brings me to the point of this post which is the announcement of our new Dinosaur Designs Atelier range – a joint collaboration with Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, the talented duo behind Dinosaur Designs.

 

dinosaur designs atelier range of Queen B candles - individually hand made in Australia

Dinosaur Designs Atelier range of pure beeswax candles from Queen B

 

Atelier is the French word for “workshop”, and in English is used primarily for the workshop of an artist in the fine or decorative arts, where a principal master and a number of assistants, students, and apprentices worked together producing pieces released in the master’s name.

Building on last year’s two designs – Totem and Boulders – this year they came up with 3 new designs in the Atelier range.  We clearly used up all the creativity on the design and making process and they’re simply titled “Blue, Red & Yellow”!!

Beautiful to mix and match in a cluster, or as you can see below just as stunning on it’s own… or with a honeycomb pillar.

You can only imagine the hardship I went through having to do testing…

 

dinosaur designs collaboration with queen B - hand made beeswax candles

Atelier Blue – testing!

 

The candles are part of a larger Atelier range from Dinosaur Designs covering an entire range of homewares and jewellery.  To see the full Atelier range (including the candles), head to your nearest Dinosaur Designs stores (including London and New York).  Or, you can find an extensive range of Queen B candles (including the Dinosaur Designs candles) at Make Designed Objects in Carlton and, of course, you can see them at Queen B’s Hive in Brookvale.  We’ve all got them available online.

We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Cate xx

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Well, aren’t you a vocal bunch?!  Based on your emails, it seems that while many of you like a pro to paint your personalised candles for you, others want to come and do their own.  So, we’re going to offer casual candle painting workshops on the second and fourth Saturday’s of every month, from midday – 4pm at the hive in Brookvale.  Bookings are essential as numbers are limited.

Whether you’re looking for a creative activity to do on your own, a fun way to spend a few hours with friends, an activity to do with your kids or simply an avenue to make something that is EXACTLY what you want for your decor, or a completely unique, heartfelt gift, we’ve got it covered.  We’ve also done these in the past as kids birthday parties and corporate team building days.

To book: Call (02) 9905 1188 or email the hive [at] queenb.com.au

Time: midday – 4pm, 2nd and 4th Saturday’s of every month

Cost: $20 (covers painting materials, hand finishing of your individual candle/s and a bottomless cup of the best tasting tea you’ve ever had in your life)!  If you’re making an afternoon of it with friends, feel free to bring along your own bottle of wine and/or champagne… we’re happy to provide glasses.  The cost of the candle/s you paint is additional based on the size/s you choose.  Pricing for the pillar candles as follows:

10cm narrow – $29.95
15cm narrow – $39.95
20cm narrow – $49.95
10cm medium – $49.95
15cm medium – $69.95
20cm fat – $89.95

Depending on the thickness of your artwork and how much of a rush you’re in, we may be able to finish your candle on the day or it will be available for pick up the following week.  We can, of course, also send it to you (cost of shipping additional).

What to bring: An apron so that you don’t get paint all over you.  Food if you’re going to be hungry.

We have hundreds of examples of candles that other people have painted at our workshops over the years to provide you with some creative stimulation.  In my experience, it’s pretty hard to go wrong.  For some reason once you wrap that piece of art around a beeswax candle, they somehow always look amazing.  Watch the video below to see some examples of what others have done.

 

 

 

The dates of the 2nd and 4th Saturday’s of the month for the remainder of 2014 are as follows:

October – 11th and 25th
November – 8th and 22nd
December – 13th (we’ll be closed on 27th Dec for our annual break)

We will publish dates for 2015 once the hive reopens in mid January.

Feel free to call if you have any questions, otherwise, hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet more of you at the hive over the coming months.

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I asked Sarah to come up with a catchy headline for this blog post and there it is!!

We’re lucky to have a very talented local painter, Stephen (just in case you hadn’t worked that out!), who now hand paints all of our personalised candles at Queen B and we want him around here more!!!  Stephen is a funny, quirky, breath of fresh air, and in hive of women it’s fresh air we enjoy!

So, here are few recent examples of Queen B personalised candles painted by our very own drone!

christening or naming day candle hand painted on a pure beeswax pillar candle

A special thank you to Paula for sharing, and allowing us to share, this photograph. xx

hand painted personalised candle, unique gift, australian made, a gift for an amazing friend

An extraordinary gift for a friend

Happy wedding love aunts and uncles

Such beautiful sentiment… and on a candle that’s going to burn for over 200 hours… the customer requested a light blue floral surround and away we went!

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Hand painted wedding unity candles

You can find more details about our personalised candles in various sections of the website – Baptismal (or Christening) Candles, Wedding Unity Candles, Bereavement Candles and other Personalised Gift Candles.

Here’s to a little more testosterone at the hive!

Cate xx

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You may remember that a few months ago we did a survey.  The response was way better than we could ever have even dreamed – several hundred of you taking the time to share your thoughts.  The content is literally pure gold.  There are so many beautiful comments.  So many fantastic ideas.  So much constructive feedback.   We’ve spent literally hours poring over the feedback.  Some of the comments need a response (I’ll do that in later blog posts).  Some of the ideas can’t be done and others will take months or even years to execute.  And others we can do right now.  So we have!

So, in response to your feedback/requests we’re launching mini-bulk boxes for our 4-5hr and 8-9hr tealights and for our 12 hr (20cm) taper candles. So the options you have now are as follows:

4-5hr Tealights

  • Box of 9 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups)
  • Mini Bulk Box of 72 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups) – 10% cheaper per candle than in box of 9
  • Bulk Box of 105 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups) – 20% cheaper per candle than in box of 9
  • Bag of 25 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups)
  • Mini Bulk Box of 69 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups) – 10% cheaper per candle than in bag of 25
  • Bulk Box of 105 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups) – 20% cheaper per candle than in bag of 25

8-9hr Tealights

  • Box of 9 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups)
  • Mini Bulk Box of 48 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups) – 10% cheaper per candle than in box of 9
  • Bulk Box of 96 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups) – 20% cheaper per candle than in box of 9
  • Bag of 25 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups)
  • Mini Bulk Box of 42 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups) – 10% cheaper per candle than in bag of 25
  • Bulk Box of 84 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups) – 20% cheaper per candle than in bag of 25

20cm Tapers 

  • Box of 5 x 20cm beeswax taper candles
  • Mini Bulk Box of 21 x 20cm beeswax taper candles – 10% cheaper per candle than in box of 5
  • Bulk Box of 40 x 20cm beeswax taper candles – 20% cheaper per candle than in box of 5

pure beeswax tealight candles burn brighter than the northern lights

Photograph from Katrina Gill.

 

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You may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet of late… I was busy living one of my dreams!

As someone who is passionate about taking the best of what nature has to offer and then perfecting the craft of utilising it, I have long been a fan of Dom Perignon.  In this day and age of mechanisation and the mass production of everything, I love it on that rare occasion where tradition (and the recognition that often hand made is simply better) prevails – and Dom Perignon is one of those rare examples… the grapes picked by hand.  The bottles riddled by hand.

You may recall, because I blogged about it here, that a couple of years ago I did a light sculpture for Dom Perignon at Vue de Monde.  Researching for the sculpture I was fascinated by the long history of monks keeping bees with Dom Pierre Perignon a monk of the Benedictine order (DOM = Deus Optimus Maximus – the highest ‘rank’ of monk) and their history with making beeswax candles.  The sculpture itself is not a candle but utilises the translucent beauty of beeswax whilst celebrating the iconic Dom Perignon bottle.

Anyway, finally this year I fulfilled my dream of visiting the abbey where Dom Perignon lived (and the caves where Dom Perignon is now made and matured).  As it turns out, Rocco (Wine Director at Vue de Monde) told them I was someone important and I was given the royal, VIP treatment.  A more worthy person would just take in their stride… I kept on pinching myself!

Wanting to share it, I felt that the images alone were too static and didn’t do it justice, so I put this little something together… escape to the Champagne region in France even if it is only for a couple of minutes.  Goodness knows I’ve relived it many times in the past few weeks.

Cate xx

 

 

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We know from experience you’re a talented bunch so we thought we’d try to harness some of that photographic talent.  To be honest, we’re also stretched thin and we really just need help :-)

If you’ve ever ordered from us online, you would have received a copy of our educational information cards.  Well they’re about to run out so we’re going to do an overhaul.  In particular, this time I would like to do one which shows some of the imaginative ways of using Bee Lights.  I often speak to customers who don’t use them because they don’t know what to burn them in… and that’s a crying shame as I think they’re one of the most beautiful things we make.

So, they say that a picture speaks a thousand words!  Let’s show them the million things you can use as a Bee Light candleholder.

Any photographs chosen to go on our new printed info cards will receive a $200 gift voucher to buy any candles they want from Queen B online.  Grab your iPhone or your camera, fire up your Bee Lights and your imagination and send through your results!

Entries open: NOW!

Entries close: 11th August (that’s 2 weeks away)

Entries via: either post them on our Facebook page or post on Instagram and tag @queenbcandles

Stuff to know: By entering you expressly give us permission to use your image in social media and online (that’s pretty obvious given you would have posted it online!) and we undertake that anywhere that we use the image we will credit you as the photographer (unless you say you don’t want us to)!  For the images used on the printed info cards we will most likely not credit photographers as it can make things look cluttered and messy given the images will be quite small. Here are a few of the idea I had when I first photographed them (you’ll see why I need help with the photography)!

For a light brighter than the northern light burn Queen B beeswax Bee Light candles

For a brighter light than the northern light burn beeswax Bee Light candles

Pure beeswax candles Bee Lights from Queen B

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I’m always excited when I get beautiful photography, great ideas or design inspiration to share… imagine then when I have all three?!  Think the kind of happiness a puppy has when its parents come home!

 

Clever Melbourne(ish) souls – Katie Marx, Phil @afloralfrenzy, amazing photographer Kara Roselund and furniture maker Greg Hatton recently hosted a Kinfolk dinner at Butterland.  [Small digression first - I challenge you to click on any of the links and not have an emotional response to the work they do.  Their posts on instagram often take my breath away.]

 

Anyway, so, the thing I loved most when I saw the photography was just HOW accessible these table decorations are.  I’ve actually already used the idea for a dinner party of my own (thanks Katie :-))!  All you need to do is grow nasturtiums (Joost planted some on my edible balcony a year ago and despite forgetting to water them they keep growing)!  Nasturtium leaves taste really peppery.  So, a few piles of salt and some jars with nasturtiums and you’ve got the seasoning sorted.

To create the look:
* Nasturtium seeds
* Jam Jar Tealights (Box with 2 Jars + 8 candles  OR Bulk Box of 60 Jars + candles)
* 15cm Solid Beeswax Pillar Candles (Individual OR discounted in a Bulk Box of 6)
* 20cm Solid Beeswax Pillar Candles (Individual OR discounted in a Bulk Box of 6)

Of course it also helps if you have a former butter factory.

I’ll break from tradition and shut up now!  Enjoy the photographs

 

Cate xx

 

 

Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles
Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

 

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