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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’ve been asking around a few of the special girls in my life in the past couple of weeks about what their favourite candles in our range were and all I can say is that I have a very diverse friendship base in terms of candles loved!!  So these are just a few of my faves and all 10% off until 1pm 06/12/14

Gift Guide for Special Women

 

1. Mini Marilyn Candleholders (RRP $29.95) – available in Nickel or Brass.  Add a pack of 10 Bee Lights to go in the holders (RRP $24.95)
2. Casablanca – available in 5 different sizes (from RRP $29.95)
3. Jam Jar Tealights (8 jars + 8 candles) RRP $24.95
4. Personalised candles – we’ve got 10% off the personalisation for 24 hours only
5. Dinosaur Designs – Atelier (3 different designs in 3 different sizes) (from RRP $29.95)
6. 45cm Tapers (RRP $24.95)

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It’s a common misconception that men don’t buy candles or don’t like candles but about 30% of our customers at the hive are men.  The feedback we get is that they like the fact they’re unfragranced and not fussy.  That there’s something quite grounding about the enormous flame and natural honey aroma of a pure beeswax candle.  And it makes sense – men also need down time.  Men also like ambience.  Men appreciate romance.  Some men like to meditate.  Mars and Venus may be very different in some ways, but they are also both planets!!

So today we’ve got the things that men most often buy and the candles most often bought for men in our Gift Guide for the Special Men in your life.  Once again we’ve got the goods at 10% off for 24 hours only (until 1pm 05/12/14).

 

gift ideas for men, Australian made, sustainable, eco friendly

 

1. Dunny Lights (RRP $34.95) – available in copper or brass
2. 20cm Tapers – Box of 4 (RRP $24.95) – to go with the Dunny Lights or the Earth Stubb coming up
3. Hand rolled, Honeycomb Beeswax Pillar Candles (available in 5 sizes from RRP $24.95)
4. Burning Love (RRP $24.95) – I’m told these are as popular as a gesture of love as they are as a separation/divorce present!
5. Drippies (available in 2 sizes from RRP $59.95)
6. Chubbies (available in 2 sizes from RRP $59.95)
7. Eco Bulb (RRP $24.95)
8. Dinosaur Designs Totem and Boulder designs (available in 3 sizes from RRP $59.95)
9. Earthing Stubb & Candles (RRP $79.95)

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Our post is a little later than anticipated today because I decided that we needed make available the Australian honey nougat that we stock at the hive online and that meant we had to photograph it and load it on to the website and well, there’s no IT department at Queen B, that’s me!  And I was screen printing because sales of the Seraphina candles WENT OFF!!  Yay.  Thanks guys.

Now, back to the nougat.  If you’re after a light and fluffy, airy, blink and you miss it kind of nougat, this is NOT the one for you.  If you’re after something chewy and substantial with LOADS of nuts (40% according to the ingredients list) you’re going to love this.  And when I tell you that it’s made in Australia using pure Australian honey and that it’s gluten free (that means thinning, right?) you’ll probably love it even more.  It’s available in 3 honey varieties – Iron Bark Honey, Leatherwood Honey and Orange Blossom Honey.  We’ve been taste testing it for several years now and we still can’t decide.  We keep on having to go back to the beginning to try them all over again!

But I digress, today’s post is all about great, Australian made gift ideas for Kris Kringle and colleagues.  Most come in under $25 (at full price and even cheaper for the next 24 hours).  All show thought, good values and all are useful immediately.  They’re not the gift that’s going to end up in the cupboard or landfill!

We’ve come up with a corker of a list and then put it all at 10% off for the next 24 hours (offers expire at 4pm tomorrow 04/12/2014).

Kris Kringle gift ideas for work colleagues

1. Rinaldi Honey Nougat (RRP $15.00)- available in Iron Bark Honey, Leatherwood Honey and Orange Blossom Honey varieties
2. Sweetness & Light (RRP $15.00) – 2 Jam Jar Tealights + a jar of Australian honey
3. Jam Jar Tealights (RRP $25.00) – 2 Jam Jar’s + 8 candles
4. Clippy Candleholder + Box of 20cm Tapers (RRP $37.50) – just exactly what it says!
5. Small Christmas Trees (bag of 2) (RRP $25.00)
6. 5 x Glass Cylinder Tealight Holders + Box of 4 x 4-5hr Tealight candles in clear cups (RRP $45.00)

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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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There is so much to write about our new design, Seraphina, but I’m going to let the beauty of the design speak for itself.  Designed by Robyn Macready for our ISCD design collaboration in 2013, we’re delighted to finally share this stunning design.

The design is art deco inspired with the inner plumage of the wing designed to resemble a colony of bees.  I loved this design from the minute I saw it not just because I think it is fantastic design work, but the design itself speaks on so many levels.

With no further ado, I present you… Seraphina. [Seraphina is a feminine derivation of the word Seraphim meaning “fiery ones”… apt really!]

Seraphim art deco wing design in bronze on pure beeswax hand rolled pillar candle Queen B

Seraphina (L -> R 15cm medium, 10cm medium, 20cm fat)

 

Art deco bronze wing design on hand rolled beeswax pillar candle from Queen B

Seraphina – 10cm medium

 

Natural bees wax pillar candle with bronze art deco wing design

Seraphina – 20cm fat

Seraphina is available in 5 sizes:
– 1ocm narrow (10cm H x 6cm W)
– 15cm narrow (15cm H x 6cm W)
– 10cm medium (10cm H x 9cm W)
– 15cm medium (15cm H x 9cm W)
– 20cm fat (20cm H x 11cm W)

If you voted in 2013, you may have noticed that we changed the colour?  We’ve been testing different colours all year and it wasn’t until we tried the bronze that I felt the design came to life.  What do you think of our choice?

Hoping you love it as much as we do!

Cate xx

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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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