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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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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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Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your eyes (and opinion)…

This is the second year of our collaboration with the International School of Colour and Design (ISCD) and the submissions for our design competition have been fantastic.  So fantastic our judging panel – Louise Olsen, Stephen Ormandy and myself – were divided.  With a 2:1 split we’ve voted (and a judging panel winner has been picked) but ultimately the vote that counts the most to me is the vote from you as one of our tribe.

Hopefully being given a voice is enough to encourage you to vote, but we’re adding an incentive.  We’ll be picking a winner from all the comments posted on our blog, Facebook & Instagram who will get a pack of candles in the design chosen for us to add to our range.  Consisting of a 10cm medium, 15cm medium and 20cm fat hand-rolled pillar candle the pack is valued at over $200.  Voting closes at 5pm on Friday, 7th November 2014 with the winner (both the design and the commenter!) announced on Monday, 10th November 2014.

Following are the chosen finalists (from 23 designs submitted) – in alphabetical order!  We’re also, for the first time, considering whether to offer the design in the 3 colours chosen by the designer (each height will be one colour) or whether to continue with how we do all of our existing designs which is that all sizes come in the one colour.

To be in the running for the prize pack, write a note in the comments field below telling us:
– which is your favourite design and why
– your favourite colour (of the 3 shown) or whether you think we should offer it in all 3 colours shown

Which design is simply so stunning that you’d have to have it (or that you’d have to get it for someone special in your life)?!  Ultimately the ‘best’ design is the design that people will buy because that is the only way that we achieve our goals of lighting up lives, supporting Australian beekeepers, developing artisan skills and ensuring that if you’re burning candles, you’re burning pure beeswax candles!

ISCD surface design pure beeswax candles Queen B interior design collaboration

Beaded – Old Gold, Indigo and/or Hemlock?

 

ISCD surface design collaboration with Queen B - design focused pure beeswax candles

Celebration – Burnt Orange, Spring Green, Powder Blue

 

ISCD Queen B design collaboration - bringing designer values to beeswax candles

Lily – Charcoal, Silver, White

 

Designer beeswax candles - who thought non toxic could look so good

Nectar – Mint, Cool Grey, White

 

Design collaboration ISCD and Queen B - beautiful and functional beeswax candles

Spring – Morning Glory, Magneta, White

 

Non toxic candles for the stylish home - collaboration ISCD and Queen B pure beeswax candles

Windsor – Gold, Silver, Copper

 

 

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… and so it is that today we’re launching 2 new products in our ever extending range of pure Australian beeswax tealight candles – 4-5hr tealights (clear cups) – pack of 5 and 8-9hr tealights (clear cups) – pack of 5.

We’re also excited to finally (after a year of packaging disasters!) have our box of 8 Jam Jar Tealights with 8 jars back on the shelves in brand, spanking new Queen B packaging! (that’s probably not that exciting for you but if you knew what we’d been through to get here you’d be very excited too)!

To celebrate their launch we’ve got all 3 products at 10% off until 11.59pm tomorrow night (3rd November 2014).

100% pure beeswax tealight candles in clear cups - a great sustainable gift idea

4-5hr Tealights in clear cups – Box of 5

pure beeswax tlite candles in clear cups

8-9hr Tealights in clear cups – Box of 5

Pure beeswax tlite candles in glass jam jars

Jam Jar Tealight Pack – 8 Jars + 8 candles

 

With our new 5 packs of tealights in clear cups and our extensive range of gorgeous candleholders (many of which retail for $15 and under) you’ll have most of your Christmas gifts sorted for under $40.

With our pack of 8 Jam Jar tealights (all with jars) the table decorations and ambience for your next dinner party is all taken care of.  If you’ve got a larger event or wedding planned or a larger space to light, remember we now have longer burning Jam Jar tealights available (with 6+ hrs of burning) in a bulk pack of 60 candles.

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The last time I moved I took an enormous bag full of unused gifts from various past employers to Vinnies.  Along with the 20 odd t-shirts and 11 caps were 2 (shoddily made) picnic hamper sets, 5 umbrella’s, (I kept another 4 – although why I really have no idea as I haven’t used any of them in 6 years), about 9 stress balls (what message does THAT send?!!), 4 plastic insulated coffee cups, a vinyl/faux leather notebook cover and desk set, 5 completely useless branded backpacks and about 15 plastic water bottles.  [What didn’t make it were the various bottles of wine which I had consumed having long since forgotten who they were from and the olive tapenade and stale crackers never eaten!]

I know I had cupboards full of what was essentially landfill but I felt too guilty to send it there given the consumption of precious resources taken to make it.  Sadly when I got to Vinnies they told me that they would throw the vast majority of it away as they were inundated with it.

So, why then write a post about more “stuff”.  Well because we’re heading into giving season and if you’re going to give stuff then it would be remiss of me not to tell you about gifts that are useful, beautiful and sustainable.  A gift that keeps on giving – to our farmers & beekeepers, to the jobs it creates at our hive, to our local packaging manufacturers and suppliers.  A gift that recognises that your staff work hard and they also need to relax hard.

A few months ago we were tasked by long term client, Buzz Strategic Concepts, to put together a little ‘just because’ gift for their clients.  Not for Christmas.  Not for any particular reason.  Just a random act of kindness and gratitude gift.  They sent us personalised cards to go with each gift and we did all the logistics for them.  Bravo!

Sustainable, australian made corporate gift

 

And to make sure the gift went the extra mile, we put their brand on the candle – subtle but effective.  Every time their client looks at or fires up this little beauty (and if you know your Queen B candles you’ll know that that will be a whole lot of times over a whole long period of time!) lovely, sweet, positive, appreciative thoughts flying your way!

logo corporate gift, australian made, sustainble, eco, hamper

 

Of course we also do larger gifts and hampers

corporate gift hamper, australian made, eco sustainable gift

 

 

And we do smaller gifts too… this one coming in under $15.

meaningful corporate gift, sustainable, eco

 

If you’re looking for ideas, send us an email or give us a buzz, we’d be only too happy to help you out.

Cate xx

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For years now we’ve been asked for citronella candles and for years we’ve said no because that would make the candles toxic to burn (you can read more about that in our post on Fragranced Candles – The Hidden Risks).  So, have I lost my mind in telling you we now have a citronella offering?  Have I compromised on our values? NO to both questions… I just found a fantastic, Australian made and owned product that isn’t a scented (toxic to burn) candle.

In August I spent 3 days going through the Gift & Homewares shows.  It was soul destroying… approximately 95% of what I saw was mass produced, faux French, faux copper, faux rust product made overseas.  In about 8 football fields worth of exhibitors (that’s over 6,000 exhibitors) I brought back information on 4.  Flame in a Can was one of them.

So, here’s a little of what got me excited.  Flame in a Can is:

• SAFE - only burns on the wick, so no risk of fuel spillage fires
• clean burning – no black smoke; no nasty fuel smell; eco-friendly
• self-contained – no pouring required; easy to use; just open the lid and light the wick
• long lasting – each tin gives up to 6 hours burn time; can be extinguished and re-lit any time
• wind-resistant – the large, attractive flame will stay alight even in strong winds
• good value - low cost + long burn time + no waste = good value
• made in Australia

Finally, a citronella solution for your outdoor, alfresco dining without compromising our integrity.  You can have your Flame in a Can under the table (we’d suggest putting it in a terracotta pot so that they don’t get kicked over) and your Queen B candles on the table!

 

 

OK, so they suggest putting it on the table and say all sorts of things about candles that we KNOW don’t apply to Queen B candles, but I personally don’t think a can with a flame is a stylish table decoration no matter what they say!  I’d stick to having it under the table!  Then again, I don’t think a fake, plastic, battery operated candle is attractive either and yet there are obviously thousands who do based on their proliferation!

We’ve got 2 options available for Flame in a Can:

• Individual can - $9.95
• Box of 6 cans – $49.95 (that’s 1 can for free)

You’ve got to love it when you find a solution to what seems like an insurmountable problem!

Cate xx

 

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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!

name candles for wedding, wedding unity candle, australian made,

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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