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Sometimes the beauty (or beautiful effect) of something catches me a little by surprise… our new Spinning Butterfly Candleholder was just such a thing.  Made from stainless steel, it is pretty to look at, but it really comes to life with a Queen B pure beeswax tealight candle in the bottom of the candle holder.

 

Putting together this video I was also just loving A Candlelit Window by Ingrid DuMosch (from her Sleep Softly Emily album)… so it went from being a 30 second video to a compilation of the 2 video’s that I took just so that it would play more of the song!  Please note that the holder does not play music… that was a feat of brilliance using iMovie!  Jerkiness of the video courtesy of me (and Canon)!

Because we wouldn’t want you using the holder in your home with toxic tealights, we’ve bundled the holder with a pack of our best-selling 4-5 hour beeswax tealight candles (it’s the box of 9 of them).

 

 

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… and you’re invited!

VIP Christmas Shopping night

 

 

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.

Cate xx

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Back in March I blogged about Joost’s Melbourne Greenhouse and our pure beeswax Jam Jar Tealights which lit the way – the second eco love child of our long term collaboration with Joost.  We’ve been inundated with requests for them ever since, but it took until now for them to get to the top of the list of things for us to do.

So (drum roll) it is with great delight that we announce the launch of our Jam Jar tealights.  The story of Joost’s life – bucket loads of great ideas focused on sustainability (+ an obsession with jam jars) and the need for people to execute.  The story of my life – the love of execution (+ an obsession for beeswax candles that burn perfectly).  It’s a match made in heaven.

Each pack contains 2 x Glass Jam Jars + 8 pure beeswax tealight candles (4-5 hour burn time).

To reuse the glass jars, simply flick out the metal wick sustainer when the tealight has finished burning and pop in a new tealight.  To clean the jars use hot, soapy water.

Here’s how they look when they are lighting up the Greenhouse by Joost…

Jam Jar tealights lighting up the Greenhouse by Joost at Melbourne Food and Wine Fair

Everyone looks better looking by beeswax candle light?

Queen B Jam Jar tealights lighting up the Greenhouse by Joost at Melbourne Food and Wine – notice that apart from the legally required safety lighting, the entire dining area was lit purely by beeswax tealight candles.  Go bees.  Joost, the diners & the planet thanks you.

 

And here are trays of these beautiful little lights freshly poured from an enamel teapot at Queen B.

Trays of Jam Jar tealight candle refills

Jam Jar tealight candles in reusable glass jam jars

If you’re looking for a eco gift that is Australian made, supports our regional communities, will light up people’s lives, smells good, looks great and isn’t going to end up as landfill, look no further.

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Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holderspersonalised candlesvotive candlestealight candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

 

 

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a love letter asking for a discount off Queen B…

And who are we to argue?  If a discount means more people buying Queen B candles well that’s a great thing for our beekeepers and the regional communities they live in, not to mention creating more of a buzz at our hive.  Worker Bees – both the insect and human varieties – love to be kept busy.  So here’s what we’re going to do:

Each week in the lead up to Christmas we’ll put one of our best sellers at 20% off for 72 hours only.  The line up is as follows:

05/10 – 07/10     20% off the entire Marrakech range of rolled pillars - yes, that’s this week’s special and because I’m a day late in doing this post, it runs for 2 days from today, all other weeks the special will be from Thursday – Saturday

11/10 – 13/10      20% off Queen B’s iconic Eco Bulb

25/10 – 27/10     20% off our Angels

01/11 – 03/11     20% off Queen B Bee Lights & Bee Light holders

08/11 – 10/11     20% off Fat Santa

15/11 – 17/11      20% off Nutcrackers

22/11 – 24/11     20% off Large Christmas Trees

29/11 – 01/12     20% off Small Christmas Trees

06/12 – 08/12    20% off Mary Joseph & Baby Jesus

13/12 – 15/12     20% off the entire Casablanca range of rolled pillars

20/12 – 22/12    20% off Burning Love (we’ll send them Express Post)

If you’re worried you’ll forget, Like us on Facebook because we’ll post a reminder there of what’s on sale each week.

Hip, hip horray

A honey aroma-ed, golden candle-lit Christmas AND a partridge in a pear tree.  Amazing.

Dinner candle, rolled beeswax pillar candle

Marrakech range of rolled Queen B pillar dinner candles

 

 

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Personally I am a fan of beige… and cream… and gray (shades of, even)… and black… and faun… but just occasionally it’s great to lash out and let a little colour in.  Call me crazy baby.  That’s just the kind of gal that I am.  What fun then to combine my love of candles AND splashes of colour with these gorgeous recycled glass candlesticks (all the while showing a little support for the Spanish economy).  Take it from someone who has welcomed a little bright orange into her life, it’s enough to make you smile! [and for those of you wedded to the elegance of black, I've got them too and they really work rather well with the other colours too].

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your favourite colour?

 


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holderspersonalised candlesvotive candlestealight candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

 

 

 

 

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There are some aspects of social media that I get, and some that I don’t.  Twitter, for example, I don’t get.  I have nothing useful to say in 160 characters.  I don’t find much of what anyone else says in 160 characters that useful either.  It’s a little too like shouting.  Yet I have a friend who has built a multimillion dollar business from the ground up who tells me that a large part of that success is because of Twitter.  One day I hope to get it.

Blogging, where I can be verbose and give waaaaaayyyyyyy too much information I get.  I get feedback (which I love).  It’s engaging.  I think it lifts the veil a little on Queen B (not that there’s too much mystery there).  It’s like sharing something with a friend… it makes you feel closer.  I am not interested in “running a business”, I was to make a difference to people’s lives.  I am not overly interested in flogging candles.  I want to light up your dark times (and the romantic ones and the light ones in between).

Anyway, on Wednesday I was chatting to Working Bee and telling her about the online world and how it has changed the nature of business.  We’d been tidying shelves and found these beautiful, little tealight cylinder hurricanes that I had bought months ago and I had never put online.  So, we photographed them and we put them up on the website.  We sold six within an hour and another 12 within 24 hours of the product going live.  Mind blowing.  And that was before we even blogged about them.  Or put them in a newsletter.  Or tweeted about it!  And before the whole idea even went viral.  Who would have thunk it?

Here they are

Cylinder hurricane tealight holders x 6 (tealights not included)

 

I think what people like best is that it’s only $34.95 for the 6 holders.  And it’s spring – so we get to play outdoors again.  Oh, and it’s Australian Year of the Farmer and buying Queen B candles supports our farmers… but more on that later.

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Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holderspersonalised candlesvotive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

 

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OK, I know, it’s been a while since I last wrote but it has been a crazy 6 weeks or so.  That means I’ve got LOTS to update you on so this will be an active little blog over the next week.

First up, because we’ve just unpacked them all and we’re loading things on the website as we speak, we’ve got a whole load of new porcelain tealight candleholder domes in and we’ve also started stocking the porcelain cups in a variety of beautiful designs.  Retailing at $11.95 (for the cup) and $24.95 (for the dome) these are always one of our best-selling gifts.

Here’s a few of the new cup designs:

Porcelain cup tealight candle holder – Dandelion

 

Porcelain cup tealight candleholder – Roses

 

Porcelain candle holder tealight cup – Dragonfly

 

Porcelain candle holder tealight cup – Chinese Blossom

 

Porcelain candleholder tealight cup – Cherubs

 

Porcelain candleholder tealight cup – Hanging Blossoms

 

Black porcelain tealight candle holder cup – Filigree Dragonfly

 

 

And as if they aren’t tempting enough, we have lots of new designs in the domes as well.  Clever people.

 

Porcelain dome tealight holder – Filigree Butterfly

 

Porcelain dome tealight candleholder – Frangipani

 

Porcelain dome tealight candleholder – Sunflower

 

Porcelain dome tealight candleholder – Filigree Heart

 

Black porcelain dome tealight candleholder – Filigree Dragonfly

 

Black porcelain dome tealight candle holder – Filigree Butterfly

 

Black porcelain dome tealight candleholder – Tulip

 

Porcelain dome tealight candleholder – Bluebells & Butterflies

 

Phew.

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Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holderspersonalised candlesvotive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

 

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You know I’m an old fashioned kind of gal… and whilst that doesn’t extend to burning kerosene in a lamp, I’ve always been a little partial to that look.

I’ve also been looking for years for a holder that would provide wind protection for our tapers (which are one of my favourite candles to burn).  Perfect for outdoor light, bedside light, electricity outages or romantic evenings these Lampe Lights are something special. [Apologies for the pink tinge to the photograph - i can't work out how to fix it!]

Lampe Light

With the 20cm tapers a little too tall, we’ve also created brand new 12cm taper candles which come in a bundle of 10.

12cm beeswax taper candles

And they’re a little bit gorgeous for all sorts of things… I did a little testing this week in a Wee Willie Winkie.

Wee willie winkie with 12cm taper

And just to finish things off with more pink tinged photographic work, here’s the taper a little burned down in the Lampe Light holder.  The (very neat and gorgeous) drippage at the base is because I was carrying it around to performance test it.  Neat drippage gets a big tick from me.  Prefer not to carry it around though and prefer no drips!

Just to finish off with a pink tinge

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Sometimes it helps to have no idea about cars or their mechanics…

Driving across the Nullarbor, we happened upon a town (it actually had a name) that consisted of a church on one side of the road and an abandoned house on the other.  Mitch looked for enlightenment, I looked for treasure.

Previous Home of Cam Shaft Candlesticks

I emerged victorious a little while later with my new “candlesticks” in hand.  I know enlightenment can be achieved simply by lighting a few beeswax candles.  Anyway, beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder as Mitch thought they looked like rusted old cam shafts.  I have an eye for potential, potential, potential.  Renovators dream.  A blank canvas.  All things that get me excited!

About 2000km’s later and lots of elbow grease, I got to work on my new candlesticks over the weekend, and voila… if that’s not a thing of beauty, then I’m a pork chop.  Now I just need to drill a hole in the top for a taper candle, sand off the bottom and fire them up.  I’m told these are from a 6 cylinder Holden.  Being a Holden ute girl, that was music to my ears.  Never before have I been so fascinated by pistons and cylinders.  Next week I’m going hunting for some 4 cylinder cam shafts.  Happy days.  I bet my parents are happy they paid for that private school education now!

Cam shaft candlesticks (before & after)

Reckon I should get a range of these on the market?  At about 80cm tall, the drama queen in you will LOVE them!

Cate x

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I’ve been keeping these up my sleeve because they are special…

Really, really special…

Made in Australia (actually on Sydney’s Northern Beaches), they are solid brass or nickel coated brass.  Each holder is individually made and hand finished to remove the sharp edges.  They are designed to hold our Bee Lights.

Each tree comes in its own gorgeous, made in Australia, fabulous quality, kraft board packaging.  Fabulous recycled as a paperclip holder, button holder or anything else small.

We have VERY limited quantities because they were extremely time consuming to make.  They are RRP $39.95 and we have 20% off for the next 24 hours only.

Christmas Tree Bee Light holders

Christmas Tree Bee Light holders

Brass Christmas Tree Bee Light holder

Brass Christmas Tree Bee Light holder

Nickel plated Christmas Tree Bee Light holder

Nickel plated Christmas Tree Bee Light holder

 

You know how sometimes if you stay in the moving watching all the credit’s, they put a good bit right at the end?… well, here’s the good bit!…

Here’s a little look at the product development cycle of our little Christmas Tree candle holder.  I must say I was a little worried when the first prototype came back!  I think we nailed it in the end though.

Christmas tree prototype 1... mmmm, no!

Christmas tree prototype 1... mmmm, no!

Christmas Prototype 2... cut a little deep

Christmas Prototype 2... cut a little deep

Christmas Tree Prototype 3... getting there, but too sharp

Christmas Tree Prototype 3... getting there, but too sharp

Christmas Tree Prototype 4... perfection!

Christmas Tree Prototype 4... perfection!

Christmas Tree Candle holder... product development

Christmas Tree Candle holder... product development

If that’s not a fine candle holder, I don’t know what is!

Cate xx

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