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Our surprise hit of 2012 was the product we collaborated with Joost on – Jam Jar tealights.  A perfect illustration of 1 + 1 = far more than 2.  A glass jam jar + a pure beeswax tealight candle = hours of loveliness.  A jar full of romance?  And ampule of ambience?  A window of perfection?  Oh, don’t get me started… I’m just back from a great break and I’m feeling the love.

Anyway, the break gave me an opportunity to get to some of the 1,000 unread emails in my inbox (whoops) which made me realise that you wanted more options.  Of course, options mean me holding stock (so that we can ship out your goodies outrageously fast), but the brain cells have brainstormed and they all agree that this is a fabulous idea.

So, with no further ado, we have two new options available in the Jam Jar tealights… a box of 8 Jam Jars tealights (8 jars + 8 candles)

Pack of 8 Jam Jar beeswax tealight candles with 8 jars

Pack of 8 Jam Jar beeswax tealight candles with 8 jars

And a box of 60 Jam Jar tealight refills (which is a great complement to our Jam Jar tealight Party Pack).

With that many pure beeswax Jam Jar tealights you can create beauty like this

natural beeswax tealight candle in recyclable glass jam jars - a collaboration with Joost Bakker

For your valentine (or wedding candles)

 

or this…

 

natural beeswax tealite candle in recyclable glass jam jar

For the directionless

Wishing you a very happy, beeswax candlelit 2013.

May your Valentine (be that you or someone else) shower you in natural, golden light, poured by hand from the loins of Australian bees.

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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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Doing a tidy up last week I found a whole heap of candles in the melt down buckets that Tilly had rejected.  Clearly he’d had a little disaster when dipping Bee Lights.  It’s one of the joys of making things by hand!  I decided to grab a few to keep me going over the weekend and they’re gorgeous.  Absolutely.  Completely.  Utterly.  Gorgeous. I have to say that it would be pretty great if all our disasters were this good!

Conjoined Bee Lights

Not a drip in sight…

Conjoined Bee Lights waiting for new homes

Conjoined Bee Lights waiting for new homes

Order Bee Lights in the next week (offer ends on 25th June 2012) and mention this blog post and I’ll pop a couple of very limited edition (I hope) conjoined Bee Lights for your enjoyment.

Happy burning

Cate

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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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As a general principle, one of the best things that we can do to help stimulate the Australian economy is to buy Australian made goods and to buy from small businesses (which account for over 50% of all private sector employment in Australia).  Better still if the goods are made in Australia with Australian inputs or ingredients.

It is a pity that our government don’t seem to understand this concept (versus the Chinese government that requires 80% local Chinese content in any government contract)… Oh dear I digress :-)

As you would know, Queen B candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax (we support the regional communities of Bathurst, Queanbeyan and Gundagai by buying local beeswax even though it is the most expensive beeswax in the world).  We also choose to make our candles by hand rather than churning them out of a machine… and that means we pay lots of Australian wages (ouch for us, but good for the economy).

While I admit to being completely biased, I think that makes Queen B candles a beautiful GFC busting pressie.

Of course you can pay for us to make the candles for you, or why not save some money and make the candles yourself?  We lots of candle-making supplies on our website, or, if you don’t know what you’re doing, we have several candle-making kits that come with comprehensive instructions.

  • Roll your own beeswax candles (12 per kit) and bundle them into pairs for a beautiful gift costing <$8 (per pair); or
  • grab a 4-5 hour DIY tealight kit or a 8-9 hour DIY tealight kit and you can make your own tealight candles from $1 each… then bundle a few together in a brown paper bag with twine, et voila.  Another, beautiful, Australian made, non-toxic, GFC busting, sustainable Christmas gift.
Pouring beeswax tealights

Pouring beeswax tealights

Wicking beeswax tealights

Wicking beeswax tealights

 

You can see all the candles we currently have available in our Christmas range on our website.


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 holders, personalised candles, votive candles, tealight candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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I don’t usually blog about specific wedding unity candles that I hand-paint, but I was a little excited about how these turned out.

I was provided with a copy motif from the wedding invitation

The bride said she’d be happy with an outline of the design.

I got carried away in the moment and we delivered this (I’ve removed the family name’s to protect identity).  Yay.  Pretty happy with that.  Hopefully the bride will send through images from the day and then I’ll share those here too.


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 holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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I receive the most gorgeous email last night… I just loved the unbridled enthusiasm!  It went like this:

“Subject: Any age can pour tealites

Hi Cate

Thought I’d drop a line to let you know that Matthew my youngest (8) has just poured a beautiful tealite…right to the very top & didn’t spill a drop… We took a picture and he was so excited, he reckons it was the best one that he has poured… even tried to wake his father, who was sleeping, to show him… very proud young boy! … here it is 11.20 at night and we are enjoying the lovely smell of beeswax through the house…

Just goes to show that anyone, doesn’t matter of age, can enjoy the relaxation & enjoyment of pouring their own tealites…”

Tealight pouring protege

Gosh I love my job!


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 holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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I was asked a couple of weeks ago to do a birthing candle for a customer who was expecting her fifth child.  Brave, brave soul.

Anyway, the request was as follows: “I am about to give birth any day.  Wondering if you could design a candle for labour. I would like a pure beeswax candle with a mother and child hand painted on the outside.”

And voila!

Queen B hand-painted bespoke design birthing candle

Birthing candle

This update from Lisa: [Our fifth son] was born at home in the birthing pool just as sun went down.

He was welcomed with his birth candle which I light every night when I feed him.”

Lisa’s just ordered another one – same design, this time in baby blue… I’m thinking that with 5 boys, Lisa’s going to be needing lots of candles to relax by in the next 20 years or so.


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 holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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I just received the most beautiful photograph from a bride we did a unity candle for. Photography by Luke Gow Photography. The candle goes into our photographic competition.

Queen B beeswax Wedding Unity Candle

Queen B beeswax Wedding Unity Candle


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 holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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One highlight in a Queen B day is when we receive photographs of our candles lighting up people’s lives. On this basis, and to encourage everyone to get out their digital cameras and to burn their Queen B candles, we run a photography competition drawn twice a year (Jan & July) with the winner receiving $300 of Queen B candles.

We are delighted to announce the winner of the competition for the last 6 months of 2009 was Sarah Thurrowgood from Melbourne. Below are some of her beautiful photographs…

Please share yours with us too.

Queen B photographic competition - Jan 2010 winner 1

Queen B photographic competition - Jan 2010 winner 2

Queen B photographic competition - Jan 2010 winner 3

Queen B photographic competition - Jan 2010 winner 4

Queen B photographic competition - Jan 2010 winner 5

Queen B photographic competition - Jan 2010 winner 6


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 holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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New ideas for beeswax candles come thick and fast at Queen B… the issue with launching them is typically sorting out the production process, investing in the required equipment, the cost of having our packaging printed in Australia and where to house the range given the cost of rent keeps our premises snug!

Tiffany does...

Sometimes we hit on a design that insists we find a way.

On this occasion we decided to do a limited edition run.

With no further ado, we welcome (for a short time) Tiffany does Casablanca and Tiffany does Marrakech!.. “Tiffany”… well that’s that lovely teal blue colour they individually painted in, and Casablanca and Marrakech are two of our most popular designs!

Individually painted in very short runs, we’ve only made 20 of each in the 20cm narrow and the 20cm fat pillar sizes.

While we had a long chat internally about the additional labour cost of doing a short run product, we’ve decided to price them at the same price as our normal rolled pillar ranges.  If you want one, get in fast.

To see the range, go to http://queenb.com.au/shop/index.php?cPath=166_220.


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 holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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