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One of the fabulous things about being an Australian manufacturer is the quality control (and for a perfectionist, that’s a fabulous thing)!  With all that heart and soul invested, I’m generally enamoured with everything that we brand Queen B.  Occasionally, however, we have a hand in creating something that is really special.

Our new Reversible Brass Egg Candleholder is in this category.  It really is just extraordinarily beautiful.  Made from solid brass, it is weighty and substantial.  It is designed to be used with our Bee Lights or Thins in to top or you can turn it upside down and use 12cm Beeswax Tapers in the bottom.

A sculpture on it’s own.  A paperweight when required.  A little bit of bling when shone.  A holder of bee created light.  The only luxury it doesn’t deliver is a martini!

Solid brass egg shaped candle holder for beeswax tapers and dinner candles

Reversible Brass Egg Candleholder

Reversible egg 2 low res

Reversible Brass Egg Candleholder with Bee Light burning

Reversible and elaborate egg low res

Elaborate egg & Reversible Brass Egg Candleholder

 

 

 

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As the weather turns, the sleeves lengthen and the windows and doors close a little we’ve been injecting a little colour into our lives at the hive with these gorgeous, colourful, glass tealight candleholders.

If you’ve been with us for a while you may remember that we stocked them years ago.  We moved on and now we’ve come back.  There simply isn’t anything on the market quite like them and we’ve had many requests to get them back in.  So, they’re back in a whole lot of new designs.

You can find our colourful, glass tealight candleholders on the Queen B website here.  It’s a whole lot cheaper than flights to Africa, India, Amsterdam or Moscow and may be the only way you’re going to enjoy the beach in the next few months”! :-)

Colourful glass fishbowl candleholder with African sunset depiction

Africa

Escape to Amsterdam without the price of an air ticket with this colourful glass telaight candleholder

Amsterdam

Transport yourself back to summer with this colourful beach house scene on this glass candleholder

Beachhouse

Dandelion glass tealight candleholder for beeswax tealight candles from Queen B

Dandelion

Colourful tealight candleholder - Lionface wordpress

Lionface

Colourful tealight candleholder - Sydney Harbour wordpress

Sydney Harbour

 

Glass tealight candle holder featuring a depiction of gustav limpet's iconic art

Klimpt

Transport yourself to India with this colourful, glass tealight candle holder

Mumbai

Looking for a special gift, an australiana gift colourful glass tealight candleholder

Day at the Beach

colourful glass tealight candleholder for beeswax tea light  candles from Queen B

Kremilin

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I was tossing up between that title (which started the song playing in my mind!) and “I’m getting started with beeswax candles, but I don’t know which ones would be best for me” or “I love burning beeswax candles and love a discount”!

We’ve recently created new “Beeswax Bounty Boxes” to add to our range, packed with some of our best sellers.  If you want to venture beyond Queen B beeswax tealight candles, but you’re not quite sure where to start, these are a great place to start.  And because we can pre-pack them in quiet times and do 50 at a time, you’re buying at a discount to the RRP and they all come with free shipping within Australia.

beeswax candle discounted box of Queen B's best selling pure bees wax candles

$100 Beeswax Bounty Box

$100 Beeswax Bounty Box (includes a $10 discount & free shipping)

1 x Box of 9 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups)           $ 20.00            36 hrs
1 x Box of 4 x 20cm beeswax dinner tapers                                       $ 25.00            48 hrs
1 x 15cm solid beeswax pillar                                                                $ 25.00            40 hrs
1 x Squat beeswax pillar                                                                         $ 25.00            40 hrs
1 x Sweetness and Light                                                                         $ 15.00             10 hrs
Total value = 17 Queen B beeswax candles                          $110.00         174 hrs


 

Buy cheap beeswax candles in this discounted box from Queen B - maker of the world's finest beeswax candles

$135 Beeswax Bounty Box

$135 Beeswax Bounty Box (includes a $17 discount & free shipping)

1 x Box of 9 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups)             $20.00           36 hrs
1 x Box of 4 x 20cm beeswax dinner tapers                                         $25.00           48 hrs
1 x 15cm solid beeswax pillar                                                                  $25.00           40 hrs
1 x Squat beeswax pillar                                                                           $25.00           40 hrs
1 x Sweetness and Light                                                                           $ 15.00           10 hrs
1 x Jam Jar Tealights (2 jars + 8 candles)                                            $25.00           32 hrs
1 x Votive in clear glass                                                                             $10.00            15 hrs
1 x Votive refill                                                                                            $  7.00            15 hrs
Total value = 27 Queen B beeswax candles                          $152.00       234 hrs


 

 

samples of best selling candles from the Queen B range of pure beeswax candles

$165 Beeswax Bounty Box

$165 Beeswax Bounty Box (includes $30 discount & free shipping)

1 x Jam Jar Talights (2 jars + 8 candles)                                              $ 25.00           40 hrs
1 x Reversible Beehive candleholder (brass)                                       $ 30.00
1 x Box of 9 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups)              $ 20.00          36 hrs
1 x Box of 4 x 20cm beeswax dinner tapers                                          $ 25.00          48 hrs
1 x Pack of 10 x Bee Lights                                                                       $ 25.00           30 hrs
1 x 15cm solid beeswax pillar                                                                   $ 25.00          40 hrs
1 x Squat beeswax pillar                                                                            $ 25.00          40 hrs
1 x Box of 5 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups)                $ 20.00         42 hrs
Total value = 38 Queen B beeswax candles                            $195.00       276 hrs

 


 

 

Discounted bees wax candles at cheap prices with beeswax tealight candles, tapers, honeycomb rolled pillar candles and dinner candles

$200 Beeeswax Bounty Box

$200 Beeswax Bounty Box (includes $255 discount + free shipping)

1 x Squat beeswax pillar                                                                            $ 25.00        40 hrs
1 x Box of 9 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups)              $ 20.00        36 hrs
1 x Box of 4 x 20cm beeswax dinner tapers                                          $ 25.00        48 hrs
1 x Pack of 10 x 30cm Bee Lights                                                            $ 25.00        30 hrs
1 x 15cm solid beeswax pillar                                                                   $ 25.00        40 hrs
1 x Box of 5 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups)               $ 20.00        42 hrs
1 x Reversible Beehive candleholder (brass)                                        $ 30.00
1 x Jam Jar Tealights- box of 2 jars with 8 candles                            $ 25.00        40 hrs
1 x Honeycomb-10cm narrow hand rolled candle                              $ 25.00        30 hrs
1 x Honeycomb-15cm narrow hand rolled candle                               $ 35.00       50 hrs
Total value = 40 Queen B beeswax candles                           $255.00     356hrs


I can’t even begin to describe the process we went through trying to work out what to include and what to leave out.  I feel as if I’m setting up many of the candles for years of therapy!  Rest assured that if something doesn’t look incredible and burn beautifully it isn’t part of the Queen B range.  You may well be able to find cheaper beeswax candles, but there’s a money back guarantee from me that the look and burn quality will not be up to a Queen B standard.

I think the best way of honouring the extraordinary gift from bees that is beeswax, is to strive to be as precise, as fastidious and (almost) as hard working … with the added benefits of human creativity and consciousness in the candles we make.  It’s one of the major reasons we continue to hand make every Queen B candle.  The work of an artisan is always superior to something churned out of a machine.

Looking forward to lighting up your days and nights.

Cate, Sarah, Kath & Maria (the worker bees)!

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It may appear that we’re making a slow start to 2015 here at Queen B, but nothing could be further from the truth… our gracefulness belies the busy paddling under water!  And there’s nothing keeping us busier this week than sending Valentines Day orders.

Some lament the rampant commercialism of Valentine’s Day, I’ve always appreciated the reminder to tell the people who I love how grateful I am to have them in my life.  No matter how mindful a life I try to live, I find that oftentimes my busyness gets in the way of wanton acts of love and gratitude.

For the past 7 years I’ve used Valentine’s Day as an occasion to show a special thanks for our volunteer packaging angels whose generosity has kept us afloat, retailers whose passion for supporting Queen B has gone above and beyond, our worker bees other assorted lovelies who have contributed to the cause.  This afternoon we’ve been busy writing love letters to go to our various very special friends with a pack of Bee Lights.  At $27.95 including shipping it’s the perfect little gift that packs a loving punch without breaking the bank.

Pure beeswax taper candles to send to say thank you or i love you this valentines day

Last minute Valentines Day gift – send a little light to someone who lights up your life

It seems as if the word has also got out about our hampers (only took 10 years!) – so we’ve been tailoring beautiful hampers to various budgets.  The most popular hamper this year has been a $100 Valentines hamper (including courier delivery in Sydney) packed full to the brim with our beeswax Tealights, Bee Lights, honey nougat, Sweetness & Light and, of course, Burning Love!!

Valentines Day hamper with candles, honey nougat, honey

Valentines Day hamper of sweetness and light

If you’re wanting your gift to arrive before Valentines Day, please place orders prior to 9am tomorrow (thursday, 12th February).  Please note that courier delivery is for Sydney only – for all other areas we use Australia Post and can’t guarantee delivery prior to Valentines.

Speaking of gratitude, we’re trying to get a better profile of our customers…

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I read today that there are only 11 days until Christmas… not sure what I thought the date was, but I certainly didn’t think it was that close.  [The world seems to be rotating faster this year.] 

We’ve got loads of lovely things in at the hive that I haven’t found the time to tell you about yet.  I’m aiming to get that fixed fast.

First up are these stunning porcelain tealight houses

Porcelain tealight house, porcelain candleholder, tealight holder, tlite, bees wax tea light candle holder

 

 

The Small Porcelain Tealight House candleholder is 15cm H x 7cm W and retails for $16.50.

Porcelain tealight house candle holder for pure beeswax tea light candle for festive table decoration

Small Porcelain Tealight House Candle holder

 

That Large Porcelain Tealight House Candle holder is 18cm H x 10cm W and retails for $22.00.

Porcelain candleholder house for tealight candles made from pure bee wax

Large Porcelain Tealight House Candle holder

 

I try not to buy things in that are too “occasion specific” because the last thing we want is things gathering dust in the cupboards for the majority of a year.  I must say though that I’m always happy when something is great for an occasion and also perfect year round.  I think these would make an absolutely stunning festive decoration with the lights from the beeswax tealight candle twinkling through the windows, but they’ll also look great any time of year (particularly in winter)!

I’ll be back in the morning to tell you about some other great goodies!

Cate xx

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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 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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