Posted in Beeswax candles, Beeswax Candles & Candle Making, Business Musings, Candle holders & Accessories, Queen B Products, tagged bee created light, beeswax candle, candle holder, candleholder, clever customer, diy, make your own, photographic competition on 28 July 2014 |
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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)!
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Posted in Beeswax candles, Beeswax Candles & Candle Making, Media, Queen B Media, Queen B Products, tagged A Floral Frenzy, beeswax candles, Butterland, create the look, design inspiration, dinner party, eco wedding centrepiece, Greg Hatton, Kara Rosenlund, Katie Marx florist, Kinfolk dinner, Kinfolk magazine, pillar candles on 21 July 2014 |
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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
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Posted in Beeswax candles, Beeswax Candles & Candle Making, Queen B Products, tagged Australian made, beeswax candles, bespoke, graduation gift, hand-made, happy anniversary gift, I love you gift, I'm sorry gift, just because gift, personalised gifts, queen bee beeswax candles, thank you gift on 16 June 2014 |
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For years when I’ve need a special gift, I’ve personalised a candle but I couldn’t work out a way of viably offering the service. Well, I worked it out! Need a gift for that impossibly stylish friend that you’re always a little nervous to buy for? Looking for something to give in that situation where words are impossible (I particularly find this so when someone is grieving and words just seem completely superfluous but you want to show that you care)? Uninspired by the “off the shelf” options for that special occasion that you want a really memorable gift for? … allow us to personalise a candle for you. To start with we’re launching personalised candles with a range of beautiful quotes – with the quote on one side of the candle and a personal message from you to your friend on the other side – and with number candles that are perfect for special birthdays (because we’re always being asked for them)! Imagine giving a gift of light personalised by a bona fide artistic person, armed with a paint brush, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. No laser printing going on here folks, this is the real McCoy! Tell us your favourite quote (it doesn’t need to be one of these) in the comments field below. We’ll hold a vote next week and if it’s voted #1 we’ll send you a candle with the winning quote on it. Each quote is one entry – multiple quotes, multiple entries!
“At one glance I love you with a thousand hearts.”
“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you”
“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints on your heart.”
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
“Accept your path with its many twists and turns… the adventure is in the journey not the arrival.”
“Real friends are those who when you’ve made a fool of yourself don’t feel that you’ve done a permanent job!”
“It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years”
“Good friends are like stars… You don’t always see them but you know they’re there”
Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers “grow, grow”
“A luminous light remains where a beautiful soul has passed.”
“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous”
“A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems to short”
For a special birthday, choose from our range of celebratory numbers – we’ll paint the numbers on one side of the candle and a personalised message from you on the other for a truly unforgettable gift. You’ll be lighting up their life for years to come I include the photograph below to show you how the candles burn (i.e. down inside their hand-painted wrap leaving your personalised message intact). Unfortunately friends don’t usually send me photographs of their candles burning :-)
Personalised candle done for Joost
Looking forward to hearing your favourite quotes and lighting up the lives of your favourite people. Cate xx
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Winter finally seems to have finally got her claws into Sydney, the cold and grey days brightened by the number of candles lit at the hive. It’s a lucky fortune, I realise, that we get to light such magnificence daily and it’s a lucky fortune that I love to share. As you may have noticed, I’ve also been pondering gratitude, generosity, gift giving, card writing and all those wonderful things recently because I have a lot of it in my life.
Putting all of it together, I decided that one of the keys to spreading the light, brightening up the short winter days was to do an uber special, Queen B’s Long Weekend Sale. All offers are open until midnight on 10th June 2014. And I’ve also been giving some thought as to how you can share the light without breaking the bank and came up with a few ideas on that front too. So, here we go.
Firstly, the most popular candles in our range – our pure beeswax tealight candles. We’ve got the following special offers:
Secondly, my favourite candles in our range – our Bee Light candles. I often send these out as a random gifts of light packaged in a brown envelope (as you see below)… I’ve loaded them up with an option INCLUDING SHIPPING for an additional $3 (i.e. our usual $11 flat rate shipping for orders <$100, free for orders over $100 doesn’t apply). So you can order away to your hearts content and we can ship directly to the lucky recipient. Tick “this is a gift” when you’re checking out and tell us what to write on the card and we’ll do everything. For the next 3 days we’re doing these at 10% off so we’ll pay the shipping cost for you.
And as a final addition to the plethora of queenie b’s day long weekend specials, I came up with a way of sharing pure beeswax tealight love at a lower cost. Why not buy a bulk carton of tealight candles and put together your own smaller packs. I’ve loaded up an option to purchase the sinamay bags we use with a swing tag for $2.00 each. Buy a bulk carton of tealights. Grab a few bags. Use some of the tealights for yourself and give some as gifts.
That’s all for now folks :-)
I hope you’re having a gorgeous long weekend and hope that we’ll be lighting up the long nights for you through winter.
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Posted in Beeswax candles, Beeswax Candles & Candle Making, Queen B Products, Wedding candles, tagged Australian made, Award winning beeswax candles, beeswax, hand-made, mini pillar candle, Page 33 Essential Oil burner, page thirty three oil burner, pillar candle, pure beeswax on 2 June 2014 |
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What do you get when you want a candle that is taller than a beeswax tea light candle? Narrower than a solid beeswax pillar candle? Wider than a Bee Light or beeswax taper candles? And doesn’t need to be burned in a container like beeswax votive candles and tealight candles?…
You get a Queen B pure beeswax Mini Pillar candle!
Mini Pillar candle – 100% pure beeswax
Sitting approximately 5cm tall and 3.2cm wide this mini-pillar burns with a beautiful, large flame (much larger than a tea light flame). Left out (i.e. not in an enclosed space), it won’t drip. Put in a contained space, it can consume the wax to a much wider diameter than a tea light or votive.
You can see in the video below two different uses for the mini-pillar. The jar I use in the video has an external diameter of 6.7cm. Remember to put sand in the bottom of the jar to give the candle a level surface to sit on.
This candle was borne of customer feedback (and a glaring hole in our range). I’ve already put it to work getting my Page Thirty Three Oil Burner fired up (one of the draw backs of their design is that they really need a large flame to heat that volume of water and because it is very exposed). This little pillar rises to the challenge admirably making the oil burner work a treat. It’s a stunning looking oil burner too.
I was contemplating product development recently and took the time to prepare a process chart capturing the Product Development Cycle at Queen B. Sometimes I wonder why I never seem to get anything done!…
Queen B product development lifecycle flowchart… let’s have a meeting to discuss!
To celebrate the launch we’re doing 20% off for 24 hours only. Blink and you’ll miss it.
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Forgive me the heading please?! It is more befitting than it seems. After weeks of testing I’m a very excited to finally be able to show you our Elaborate Egg candle.
Two parts stunning and one part delicious, this beauty burns for no less than 30 hours. It’s approximately 12cm tall and 7cm wide at it’s widest point. This is something for Easter that not only has no calories, but can take off pounds (simply turn off the lights and fire her up… everyone looks better by candlelight)!
Our Elaborate Egg beeswax candle comes packaged in a beautiful, biodegradable sinamay bag.
It’s 6.30am and I’m off to the Easter Show today to volunteer at Honeyland. No more appropriate a blog post for this morning then than one about honey aroma-ed beeswax candles in the shape of an egg! Great eggspectations indeed! You can find our Elaborate Egg candle on the Queen B beeswax candles website here.
I hope you have a gorgeous week.
Just one more because she’s completely stunning!
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Posted in Beeswax candles, Beeswax Candles & Candle Making, Business Musings, Queen B Products, tagged bargains, beeswax candles, beeswax pillar candles, beeswax taper candles, happy new year, I missed you, it's good to be back, love you long time, Seconds world, writers block on 3 March 2014 |
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I’ve had a rule at Queen B for the past decade which is that having access to someone’s inbox is a privilege and if I don’t have anything befitting that privilege to say, then I stay quiet. It seems to breach every currently practiced law of marketing, but then again I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum… Funny, I just caught myself out… I was about to say “I don’t like to follow rules” but if you saw the list of rules that I live my life by you’d laugh. Let’s just say that my rules are a bit different to normal business rules!
So, why the blog post then? Two reasons… firstly, the volume of emails and calls from you guys checking in to see whether I was OK has been escalating! (heartening to know you care). Secondly, we’ve been doing a big clean up from last year and “Second’s World” at the hive is full and needs emptying. And that means there are some bargains to be had.
Here’s a list of what we’ve got going (on a first come, first served basis):
A brief glimpse into the delights awaiting homes in Seconds World
You know what else I’ve realised in writing this post?… I’ve actually missed it. You know how when a loved one has been away for a while and you’re a little anxious about their return? Will it be the same? Will they still like me? (does my bottom look big in this?!)
Sure, I promise (again) to only write when I feel I have something interesting and/or edifying and/or relevant to say BUT in truth I think I was just having a bit of trouble getting back on this horse. Now that I’m here, I’m wondering what I’ve been fussing over. It’s great to be back. May 2014 be happy, healthy, fun, filled with laughter and may it be filled with the beautiful light that nature provided for us in the guise of beeswax candles.
(Belated) happy new year loved ones.
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Posted in Beeswax candles, Beeswax Candles & Candle Making, Business Musings, Queen B Products, tagged beeswax, beeswax candle, beeswax tears, global warming, human lament, skull, skull candle, tears of gold on 9 December 2013 |
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The idea of a skull candle occurred to me in about March this year when I was thinking about Earth Hour. I wanted to create a candle that was about the interplay of humanity and nature, our interdependency and humankind’s destruction of nature… how we weep or lament the damage being caused but how there is also a fragile beauty both in nature and humans. I wanted it to speak visually about the fire within and the glow in someone’s eyes when they’re talking about something that they’re passionate about. [Seriously, my mind has a life of it's own, I am just a casual observer most of the time. Note to self - stop overthinking everything]!
Anyway, from the idea I then went into designing the form that our candle would take. A skull with vines intertwined around the head and deep, sunken eyes so that it could cry “beeswax tears” and to frame the flame (trying saying that 10 times fast with a glass of bubbles under your belt)! From there we went into mould making and then wick testing. About 3 months had passed by now.
Because this was such an important piece to me I commissioned a local craftsman to make wooden coffins for each of the skulls. There’s another month.
No sooner than I had nailed the right wick and the positioning for the wick (the video below is the final wick testing video) than I raised my head to see what was going on in the world and realised that skulls had become… wait for it… trendy! Quelle horreur. We set trends, or eschew trends completely at Queen B, we certainly don’t follow them. So I parked the project – and gave a couple away to friends.
Enter Matt Stone, friend and chef, who mentions them in a story in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald! My cover was blown and the phone didn’t stop. Even then I stuck to my guns and said we weren’t selling them!
Step in a wise soul who told me to get over myself and to allow our customers to decide. So, it’s over to you. With no further ado, I like to introduce you to our Limited Edition Beeswax Skull Candle (in wooden coffin). We’ve had 50 coffins made and I’m off to have them laser engraved and numbered in the morning. We’ll be ready to ship them by Friday (this week) – well in time for delivery prior to Christmas. There are only 50 up for grabs.
Here is a video that I took of the beeswax tears and a few of the photographs from wick testing. Eyes truly are the windows to the soul
The video is set to one of my favourite songs which is There is a Better Place by Crazy Penis (now Crazy P) from their Album The Wicked Is Music.
Note: there is a trick to getting the beeswax tears which is to burn the candle for 3 – 4 hours each time you light it. The candle needs to be able to burn the full width of the skull (and hence the eye sockets) in order to lament!
Love to hear your thoughts
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… and you’re invited!
If the thought of braving a Westfield car park at this time of year horrifies you, come shopping at Queen B. There’s oodles of parking, Australian made gifts for everyone from the blokiest bloke to the girliest girl AND we’ll have lots of one off specials on the night. We’ve even got Mitch staying late so that you can watch the candles being made.
If you’re coming from afar, why not come along with a friend (or 3) and have a champagne on us and then dinner in Manly or Dee Why?
Looking forward to catching up with some of you then.
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