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With the mercury reaching 38 degrees yesterday in Sydney (and that’s on the coast) it was all about being outdoors last night to catch the breeze and that meant firing up tealights in protective glass holders so the breeze didn’t blow them out.  And THAT gave me the inspiration for this post and another couple we’ll do this week with special offers to boot.

Glass teardrop candleholder with bees wax tea light candle from Queen B

 

These beautiful, clear glass, hanging teardrop candleholders are incredibly versatile.  I’ve used them sitting on an outdoor table (they’re flat at the base), I’ve used them indoors (to light up a corner where I didn’t have a table with candles on it and to create ‘layers’ of candlelight at various heights) and, of course, they’re perfect for outdoors to hang in trees (or, in my case, off balcony railings)!

 

Glass teardrop candle holder with bee wax tealight candle in clear cup with a happy flame

 

 

With summer in the air, we’re doing 2 special offers (offers expire on 27th November 2014 @11.59pm):

Offer 1 – We’ve got 10% off our Clear Glass Teardrop Candleholders until 27/11/14

Offer 2 (exclusive to blog followers and newsletter subscribers)For every 5 Teardrop Candleholders you buy, we’ll throw in a box of 5 x 4-5hr Beeswax Tealight candles in clear cups (that’s the one in the photo) – so you get 10% off the teardrops (saving around $7.50) and the tealights for free (saving a further $14.95 – the equivalent of a further 20% off).  This second offer is only available to those of you who follow us (either on the blog or by getting our newsletter).  So that we know you’re in the know, you need to mention “Free Tealights please” in the comments field when you check out.  No mention at the time of ordering, no free tealights.  No arguments!  Again, this offer expires at 11.59pm on 27/11/14.

Clear glass hanging candle holder for bees wax tea light candles

These are a couple of photographs sent to me by a customer using the same holders (without the tear drop). Lovely to see them in action (they were using the tealights in metal cups)

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My go to source of light most evenings are our beeswax dinner candles and Bee Lights.  A great, economical source of light and with the flame front and centre, a great source of calmness and tranquility.  So, I’m always excited to find new, stylish candleholders for taper candles… and we’ve got lots of new ones to show you.

Clippy

Firstly, our “Clippy” candleholders.  A few months ago when we tidied our stationery shelves Sarah found out about my bulldog clip fetish (I think there were over 500 clips in different shapes and sizes).  Imagine my excitement then to find Clippy.  Stylish yet practical, it takes up little room on a busy dining room table.  Industrial looking, great design and designer aesthetic – all rolled into 1 smart candleholder.

Clippy industrial metal candleholder for beeswax taper candles

“Clippy” candleholder

 

You can find Clippy on it’s own in Candleholders on our website here ($12.50 each), or, we’ve put together a Clippy + Tapers pack for $34.16 which is a 10% saving.

Clippe metal industrial candle holder for beeswax dinner tapers from Queen b

Clippy + Beeswax Dinner Taper Pack (10% off)

 

Flower Candleholders

If you prefer a splash of colour, these metal, flower candleholders are just gorgeous.  We’ve been discussing whether they are iceberg roses, ranunculus or magnolia so we thought perhaps just “flowers” would be safer!

Beeswax dinner candles in metal industrial flower candleholders

Metal Flower Candle Holders for beeswax dinner candles

They come in 3 heights and colours:

small (yellow) – 10cm tall – $13.75
medium (turquoise) – 15cm tall – $16.50
tall (red) – 24cm tall – $19.25

Or you can get all 3 with 10% off here.

White Ceramic Wee Willie Winky

And just in case that wasn’t enough loveliness, we also recently found a new white ceramic Wee Willie Winkie (to complement out brass and copper Wee Willie Winkies).

White ceramic Wee Willie Winky candleholder for beeswax taper candles

White ceramic Wee Willie Winkie candle holder

 

New Taper Packaging and new Box of 4 x 30cm Beeswax Dinner Taper candles

If you’ve followed Queen B for a while, you may have noticed that we’ve been progressively rolling out new packaging.  I can’t bear waste, so we’ve been updating the packaging as and when we run out of the old.  The newest packaging to be done is our Dinner Candle / Taper packaging.

Our 20cm Beeswax Dinner Taper Candles now come in a box of 4 (RRP $24.95)

box of 4 pure Australian beeswax dinner taper candles - non toxic

20cm Beeswax Dinner Taper Candles (Box of 4)

 

And we’ve now got a beautiful box for our 30cm Beeswax Dinner Taper Candles (box of 4) (RRP $34.95)

beeswax dinner taper candles

30cm Beeswax Dinner Taper Candles (Box of 4)

 

There’s lots of lovely ways to light up your life daily with beautiful, natural, bee created light… cheaper than electricity.

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Wow!  What an amazing response.  Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to vote.  Turns out you’re a clever bunch agreeing entirely with the eminent judging panel and also picking my other favourite!  Yes, that’s right, we’re going to be launching 2 new designs.

The winner of the design competition is Nectar by Bec Cooper.  We’ll be announcing the launch date and the chosen colour/s within the next couple of weeks.

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

Nectar – Mint, Cool Grey, White

 

We’ve chosen “DC”‘s comment as the winning comment – “Nectar! The design holds my gaze and changes as I look at it — rather like a flickering candle flame does. It contains tumbling cubes, snowflakes, and honeycomb-like hexagons.”

This year voting was incredibly tight and interestingly there were different, clear winners depending on where the voting happened.  The other clear favourite was Lily by Melissa Nalder, so we’re planning a launch for that too!

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

Lily – Charcoal, Silver, White

 

We’ll be making launch date and colour announcements shortly.  A big thank you again to design luminaries, Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy for their time and sharing their expertise and insight in judging this year’s finalists.  I have found it rare to meet people so talented and successful who are so down to earth, generous and caring.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts.  It is only with your feedback and involvement that Queen B can continue to create light that is loved by the community we seek to serve.

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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A creative collaboration is in some ways like giving birth (although the pain is rather more cerebral!)… you have to find the right partner, with similar values.  It’s best if you each bring different, although compatible, strengths to the relationship.  There’s a process of getting to know one another and, if it is a good partnership, the alchemy where 1+1=3.  You get better at it with time.  And then you decide to create something that is in and of your joint DNA, that hopefully you’ll love (!!!).  I guess that’s where I’ll leave the analogy because it the product world there is also the process of rejecting things you don’t like along the way and trial and error and, well, that’s just a conversation we don’t need to have on a beeswax candle blog!

Which brings me to the point of this post which is the announcement of our new Dinosaur Designs Atelier range – a joint collaboration with Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, the talented duo behind Dinosaur Designs.

 

dinosaur designs atelier range of Queen B candles - individually hand made in Australia

Dinosaur Designs Atelier range of pure beeswax candles from Queen B

 

Atelier is the French word for “workshop”, and in English is used primarily for the workshop of an artist in the fine or decorative arts, where a principal master and a number of assistants, students, and apprentices worked together producing pieces released in the master’s name.

Building on last year’s two designs – Totem and Boulders – this year they came up with 3 new designs in the Atelier range.  We clearly used up all the creativity on the design and making process and they’re simply titled “Blue, Red & Yellow”!!

Beautiful to mix and match in a cluster, or as you can see below just as stunning on it’s own… or with a honeycomb pillar.

You can only imagine the hardship I went through having to do testing…

 

dinosaur designs collaboration with queen B - hand made beeswax candles

Atelier Blue – testing!

 

The candles are part of a larger Atelier range from Dinosaur Designs covering an entire range of homewares and jewellery.  To see the full Atelier range (including the candles), head to your nearest Dinosaur Designs stores (including London and New York).  Or, you can find an extensive range of Queen B candles (including the Dinosaur Designs candles) at Make Designed Objects in Carlton and, of course, you can see them at Queen B’s Hive in Brookvale.  We’ve all got them available online.

We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Cate xx

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Well, aren’t you a vocal bunch?!  Based on your emails, it seems that while many of you like a pro to paint your personalised candles for you, others want to come and do their own.  So, we’re going to offer casual candle painting workshops on the second and fourth Saturday’s of every month, from midday – 4pm at the hive in Brookvale.  Bookings are essential as numbers are limited.

Whether you’re looking for a creative activity to do on your own, a fun way to spend a few hours with friends, an activity to do with your kids or simply an avenue to make something that is EXACTLY what you want for your decor, or a completely unique, heartfelt gift, we’ve got it covered.  We’ve also done these in the past as kids birthday parties and corporate team building days.

To book: Call (02) 9905 1188 or email the hive [at] queenb.com.au

Time: midday – 4pm, 2nd and 4th Saturday’s of every month

Cost: $20 (covers painting materials, hand finishing of your individual candle/s and a bottomless cup of the best tasting tea you’ve ever had in your life)!  If you’re making an afternoon of it with friends, feel free to bring along your own bottle of wine and/or champagne… we’re happy to provide glasses.  The cost of the candle/s you paint is additional based on the size/s you choose.  Pricing for the pillar candles as follows:

10cm narrow – $29.95
15cm narrow – $39.95
20cm narrow – $49.95
10cm medium – $49.95
15cm medium – $69.95
20cm fat – $89.95

Depending on the thickness of your artwork and how much of a rush you’re in, we may be able to finish your candle on the day or it will be available for pick up the following week.  We can, of course, also send it to you (cost of shipping additional).

What to bring: An apron so that you don’t get paint all over you.  Food if you’re going to be hungry.

We have hundreds of examples of candles that other people have painted at our workshops over the years to provide you with some creative stimulation.  In my experience, it’s pretty hard to go wrong.  For some reason once you wrap that piece of art around a beeswax candle, they somehow always look amazing.  Watch the video below to see some examples of what others have done.

 

 

 

The dates of the 2nd and 4th Saturday’s of the month for the remainder of 2014 are as follows:

October – 11th and 25th
November – 8th and 22nd
December – 13th (we’ll be closed on 27th Dec for our annual break)

We will publish dates for 2015 once the hive reopens in mid January.

Feel free to call if you have any questions, otherwise, hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet more of you at the hive over the coming months.

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