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I read today that there are only 11 days until Christmas… not sure what I thought the date was, but I certainly didn’t think it was that close.  [The world seems to be rotating faster this year.] 

We’ve got loads of lovely things in at the hive that I haven’t found the time to tell you about yet.  I’m aiming to get that fixed fast.

First up are these stunning porcelain tealight houses

Porcelain tealight house, porcelain candleholder, tealight holder, tlite, bees wax tea light candle holder

 

 

The Small Porcelain Tealight House candleholder is 15cm H x 7cm W and retails for $16.50.

Porcelain tealight house candle holder for pure beeswax tea light candle for festive table decoration

Small Porcelain Tealight House Candle holder

 

That Large Porcelain Tealight House Candle holder is 18cm H x 10cm W and retails for $22.00.

Porcelain candleholder house for tealight candles made from pure bee wax

Large Porcelain Tealight House Candle holder

 

I try not to buy things in that are too “occasion specific” because the last thing we want is things gathering dust in the cupboards for the majority of a year.  I must say though that I’m always happy when something is great for an occasion and also perfect year round.  I think these would make an absolutely stunning festive decoration with the lights from the beeswax tealight candle twinkling through the windows, but they’ll also look great any time of year (particularly in winter)!

I’ll be back in the morning to tell you about some other great goodies!

Cate xx

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If you’re looking for a very simple to make and yet extraordinarily beautiful, festive table decoration take a look at what Julie Hall from The Black Hen has created.  Julie and I had a conversation a while back about all the simple ways people could make a candleholder for our Bee Lights candles and voila, she sent me these images today to share on our blog.  I get to meet some really creative, generous, warm, grounded and brilliant people in my life as a maker of bee created light and none more so than Julie.

Whilst I’ve called it a “festive” decoration, if you removed the festive adornment you could use it all year around.

What you’ll need:
* a fallen tree branch
* a drill
* festive adornments if you like
* Bee Light candles
* common sense

Method:
* Find a beautiful branch (you want one that is stable and won’t wobble… if required you could use a belt sander to sand the base so that it sits flat and stable on your table)
* Drill holes where you would like to insert your Bee Light candles (I’d suggest using a 6 or 7mm drill bit).  While our Bee Lights candles are often wider than that, you want a snug fit and it is easy to warm the base of the candles with your fingers and simply massage it to a narrower diameter at the base)
* Insert Bee Lights and fire them up!

A word about the common sense required:
* you’re putting candles (ie a flame) into timber (ie a flammable holder), so you either need to pay attention and blow the candles out when they are say 1cm above the branch OR you could drill your holes wider (say 10mm) and then put some blue tac or something similar around the base of the candle including underneath it and coming to a level slightly above the branch (ie something that is non flammable) and that way the candles will put themselves out when they reach the blue tac rather than setting the branch on fire!  Well that’s my theory anyway.

Simpl DIY festive table decorations for a rustic, country feel

Simple DIY festive table decoration idea with bees wax candles from Queen Bee

Nothing says festive table decorations like pure bee wax candles a brand and holly

Table decoration idea with this rustic branch candleholder for pure beeswax candles

Festive table decoration 6

If you love this, you decide to make one and or you just think Julie is the dogs bollocks for giving us this simple idea, please pop over to The Black Hen facebook page and show her some love or pop a comment below.  And if you do make one, please, please send through an image.  For creatives, there is nothing more wonderful than seeing an idea take hold and be loved and appreciated.

Cheers

Cate xx

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I can’t think of a greater gift than the gift of light (but then again I’m completely biased).  Although come to think of it, perhaps the greater gift is what goes with bee-created light… Over this week we’ll be doing a Christmas Gift Guide for all the important people in your life, starting today with kids.  Each day we’ll be doing 10% off the items featured for 24 hours only (discount on kids gifts expires 2pm on 3rd Dec 2014).

Kids Gift Ideas (from mum’s and dad’s, aunties and uncles, grandparents, godparents or friends)

Perhaps the thing that kids love most are 1. your time; and, 2. making things… so that formed the foundation of our kids gift list.

Christmas Gift ideas for kids for sustainable, australian made gifts that give back

Childrens Gift Ideas

 

1. Roll Your Own kit ($39.95) – for rolling your own Christmas Trees or making your own tapers).

2. Wee Willie Winkie candleholder ($34.95) and 20cm Beeswax Taper Candles (from $24.95) for evening bed time stories or quick candlelit dinners with the kids to calm them down and encourage conversation.  Then again this could also be a great gift for mum’s and dad’s.

3. Tealight Candle making kit (suitable for ages 8 and up with adult supervision) – we have kits for making 4-5hr beeswax tea light candles ($49.95) and 8-9hr bees wax tealight candles ($74.95).

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Continuing with our theme this week of all things ‘alfresco & outdoor candle lighting solutions’, another great glass vessel to protect your tealights from the breeze and cast more light (and more opportunities for me to explore the parks of Sydney!).

Because we know you’re busy and need solutions, we’ve put together a special pack so these are ready to fire up or give away.  The pack includes:
* 5 x Glass Cylinder Tealight holders
* 5 x 4-5hr Beeswax Tealight candles (clear cups)

Valued at $44.95, we’ve taken 20% off until 11.59pm on Thursday (27th November 2014).  You can order the pack on the Queen B website here.

Hang beeswax tealight candles in glass holders in a tree for beautiful magical light

Glass tealight holders hanging from tree for outdoor or alfresco dining lit by beewax teelite candles

Glass candleholders with beeswax tealights in clear cups create a beautiful ambience

glass hurricane candle holders for beeswax tea light candles in clear cups

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While every candle at Queen B is made with love (which is why we still make every candle by hand rather than churning them out of a machine) we know we have lots of customers who also like to make gifts for themselves.  And who doesn’t love a hand-made, heart filled, thoughtful gift?  So I thought I’d put together a post with a few make your own gift ideas.

I’m revisiting a couple of blog posts from a while back for this one (no point in reinventing the wheel – they’re 2 of our most popular posts)!

Back in October 2012, I blogged about Rolling Your Own Bees wax Christmas Tree Candles.  With a step by step guide, in 8 simple steps you can roll these beautiful Christmas Tree candles.   Our Roll Your Own kit has enough wax to make 16 trees (at $39.95 that’s $2.50 per tree) or, if you’re REALLY keen (or have loads of friends :-) ) you could go for the World’s Most Thoughtful Gift which has enough wax to roll 69 trees (at $120 that’s $1.74 per tree).

candle making instructions roll beeswax christmas tree candles

 

 

Which brings me to my second DIY gift idea which is rolling taper candles and tying a special thought / wish / IOU / or message to them.  I got this idea from a customer and was so enchanted by it that I blogged about it and then created The World’s Most Thoughtful gift.  I’ve used the idea for gifts many times since as I couldn’t think of anything nicer than unwrapping a gift with a beautiful, personalised thought to light up my week!

 

DIY gift idea - roll your own beeswax taper candles and personalise them with a message

 

I’ve had feedback from dozens of customers since who have used the idea.  Some doing smaller bundles of 2 or 4 candles and one we had just last week who used the kit as a wedding gift from a group of people.  Our customer sent us a gorgeous email reading “Bought your pack of 52 candles to roll last week – thank you, thank you, thank you!  It really was the best wedding present ever!  Each of our 21 staff were inspired to write a few wishes and roll the candles which we then put in a gorgeous box (which exactly fit 4 rows of 13, pleasing the OCD’ers amongst us) and gave to our young co-worker today – she is getting married on 22nd.  She was thrilled and now has beautiful wishes (although I think some may be a bit saucy!) for a whole year.”  You’ve got to love feedback that puts a smile on your face!

If you’re having a DIY gifts year, let us know what your favourite ideas are (even if they have nothing to do with beeswax candles :-) ) and, if you do decide to use the kits, let us know how you go.

Cheers

Cate xx

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With the mercury reaching 38 degrees yesterday in Sydney (and that’s on the coast) it was all about being outdoors last night to catch the breeze and that meant firing up tealights in protective glass holders so the breeze didn’t blow them out.  And THAT gave me the inspiration for this post and another couple we’ll do this week with special offers to boot.

Glass teardrop candleholder with bees wax tea light candle from Queen B

 

These beautiful, clear glass, hanging teardrop candleholders are incredibly versatile.  I’ve used them sitting on an outdoor table (they’re flat at the base), I’ve used them indoors (to light up a corner where I didn’t have a table with candles on it and to create ‘layers’ of candlelight at various heights) and, of course, they’re perfect for outdoors to hang in trees (or, in my case, off balcony railings)!

 

Glass teardrop candle holder with bee wax tealight candle in clear cup with a happy flame

 

 

With summer in the air, we’re doing 2 special offers (offers expire on 27th November 2014 @11.59pm):

Offer 1 – We’ve got 10% off our Clear Glass Teardrop Candleholders until 27/11/14

Offer 2 (exclusive to blog followers and newsletter subscribers)For every 5 Teardrop Candleholders you buy, we’ll throw in a box of 5 x 4-5hr Beeswax Tealight candles in clear cups (that’s the one in the photo) – so you get 10% off the teardrops (saving around $7.50) and the tealights for free (saving a further $14.95 – the equivalent of a further 20% off).  This second offer is only available to those of you who follow us (either on the blog or by getting our newsletter).  So that we know you’re in the know, you need to mention “Free Tealights please” in the comments field when you check out.  No mention at the time of ordering, no free tealights.  No arguments!  Again, this offer expires at 11.59pm on 27/11/14.

Clear glass hanging candle holder for bees wax tea light candles

These are a couple of photographs sent to me by a customer using the same holders (without the tear drop). Lovely to see them in action (they were using the tealights in metal cups)

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My go to source of light most evenings are our beeswax dinner candles and Bee Lights.  A great, economical source of light and with the flame front and centre, a great source of calmness and tranquility.  So, I’m always excited to find new, stylish candleholders for taper candles… and we’ve got lots of new ones to show you.

Clippy

Firstly, our “Clippy” candleholders.  A few months ago when we tidied our stationery shelves Sarah found out about my bulldog clip fetish (I think there were over 500 clips in different shapes and sizes).  Imagine my excitement then to find Clippy.  Stylish yet practical, it takes up little room on a busy dining room table.  Industrial looking, great design and designer aesthetic – all rolled into 1 smart candleholder.

Clippy industrial metal candleholder for beeswax taper candles

“Clippy” candleholder

 

You can find Clippy on it’s own in Candleholders on our website here ($12.50 each), or, we’ve put together a Clippy + Tapers pack for $34.16 which is a 10% saving.

Clippe metal industrial candle holder for beeswax dinner tapers from Queen b

Clippy + Beeswax Dinner Taper Pack (10% off)

 

Flower Candleholders

If you prefer a splash of colour, these metal, flower candleholders are just gorgeous.  We’ve been discussing whether they are iceberg roses, ranunculus or magnolia so we thought perhaps just “flowers” would be safer!

Beeswax dinner candles in metal industrial flower candleholders

Metal Flower Candle Holders for beeswax dinner candles

They come in 3 heights and colours:

- small (yellow) – 10cm tall – $13.75
medium (turquoise) – 15cm tall – $16.50
tall (red) – 24cm tall – $19.25

Or you can get all 3 with 10% off here.

White Ceramic Wee Willie Winky

And just in case that wasn’t enough loveliness, we also recently found a new white ceramic Wee Willie Winkie (to complement out brass and copper Wee Willie Winkies).

White ceramic Wee Willie Winky candleholder for beeswax taper candles

White ceramic Wee Willie Winkie candle holder

 

New Taper Packaging and new Box of 4 x 30cm Beeswax Dinner Taper candles

If you’ve followed Queen B for a while, you may have noticed that we’ve been progressively rolling out new packaging.  I can’t bear waste, so we’ve been updating the packaging as and when we run out of the old.  The newest packaging to be done is our Dinner Candle / Taper packaging.

Our 20cm Beeswax Dinner Taper Candles now come in a box of 4 (RRP $24.95)

box of 4 pure Australian beeswax dinner taper candles - non toxic

20cm Beeswax Dinner Taper Candles (Box of 4)

 

And we’ve now got a beautiful box for our 30cm Beeswax Dinner Taper Candles (box of 4) (RRP $34.95)

beeswax dinner taper candles

30cm Beeswax Dinner Taper Candles (Box of 4)

 

There’s lots of lovely ways to light up your life daily with beautiful, natural, bee created light… cheaper than electricity.

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