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Well it appears as if there are more jam jar obsessed people than we realised… or is it beeswax candle in glass obsessed people?… or is it quirky, sustainable gift people?… or is it fans of Joost?… Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, we’re just happy being slammed and knowing that regardless of your own particular bent, these Jam Jar Tealight beauties will never disappoint.

While a mother isn’t supposed to have favourites, I have told my big sister’s for years that I was mum’s favourite (that’s the baby’s prerogative  right?!) and as the baby of the Queen B range, I have to admit that the Jam Jar Tealights are my new favourite.  That probably leaves the Bee Lights with middle child syndrome, which based on my experience means they will move to London where they can truly feel loved!

Anyway, of course no sooner than we had them launched (and mum and dad had been called on to pack emergency supplies because we couldn’t keep up!) than the calls started about refills and bulk supplies for parties and events.  Being the nimble, agile, sleek, athletic, customer-focused, (very, very good looking) bees that we are at Queen B, we’ve put them together too.

So, with no further ado, we’re proud to announce the launch of our Jam Jar Tealight Refills pack (there are 15 candles in the beautiful, Australian made box with the 100% recycled, chlorine free kraft label!).

And, for those of you who think that 2 jars isn’t nearly enough and you want LOTS, or you’re having a big party, or you want to give a few as gifts, or you love jam jars a lot, or you’re running a restaurant called the Greenhouse by Joost and you want to light up the entire dining area with pure Australian beeswax tealight candles in jam jars, we’ve also put together a Party Pack of 60 Jam Jar Tealights (all in jars).

Queen B pure beeswax Jam Jar Tealight Party Pack... more fun than you can poke a stick at

Queen B pure beeswax Jam Jar Tealight Party Pack… more fun than you can poke a stick at

And just in case you didn’t realise how gorgeous our new babies are, here’s another take on them…

It's a play date!  Joost's baby girl with Queen B's baby.

It’s a play date! Joost’s baby girl with Queen B’s baby.

Yep, we think Joost & Jen make good babies too!

Kat (who packs your orders) banned me from offering a discount, so we negotiated (got to love a democracy) and we’re doing 20% off for 24 hours only (offer finishes 11.59pm, 5th December 2012).  As a few people have realised recently, no the discount end date/time is not negotiable.  It is a gift to our early adopters which are consistently the people who know and love and spread the word and it’s our way of saying thanks.  We genuinely appreciate it.

That means that those of you that only read our newsletters will miss it. 😦  Those of you who like us on Facebook and subscribe to our blog are in on the secret!

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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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To celebrate the launch of our Jam Jar tealights (a collaboration with Joost) we negotiated a special deal for Queen B customers giving you 15% off Joost’s range of homewares as part of a Queen B group buy.

Here’s the deal:

1. Click on the link in this blog post to download the order form – ByJoost order form
2. Put together your order (please fill in all fields or we won’t be able to include your order).  The form is designed to make things easy for you – simply put the number of each item you would like in the orange coloured cells and the form calculates your total spend for you.
3. Email the order form back to us by 5pm this Friday (30th November 2012)

We’ll put in one big order (giving everyone a lovely discount) and then we’ll ship out your goodies when they arrive.  We’ve been told it will be 3-4 weeks to get the stock and plan delivery to everyone before Christmas.  If we’re not going to be able to deliver to you before Christmas, we’ll let you know and you can pull out if you like.

If it is not on the form, then it is not part of this offer.

Homewares byJoost – empty Pinch Pot (grey), a few strawberries in Tapas Plate (grey), lots of strawberries in Large Bowl (white), water in Small Glass, small bowl in background (white)

Homewares byJoost – salt and pepper in Pinch Pots (white), walnuts in Small Bowl (white), salad in Serving Bowl (white), carrots and quinoa on Side Plate (grey), water in Small Glass

Homewares byJoost – out of focus grains in Small Bowl (grey), corn in Serving Bowl (grey), avocados in Large Bowl (grey), asparagus in Jam Jars (white). Chef (Matt Stone) not for sale.

How’s that for fabulousness?  You can now eat dinner on your Australian made ByJoost dinnerware and homewares by the ambient light of your Queen B Jam Jar tealight candles.  Does life get any better?

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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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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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Creative, sustainability wunderkind Joost is at it again, most recently with a pop up Greenhouse by Joost for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

It was a collaboration with Joost several years ago which saw the development of our iconic Eco-Bulb candle.  Now, after several months in development, we are excited to lift the lid on Queen B by Joost jam jar tealights.

Excitingly for Queen B having worked on wick testing for several months the candles are now in use lighting the pop-up Greenhouse by Joost in Melbourne CBD and the so-grounded-it-practically-still-grows-on-the-plate food of Greenhouse chef, Matt Stone.

It’s one thing to make the candles, but another entirely to see them working their magic (which is why I LOVE getting photographs)!

Here’s one from my camera of the trays of tealight refills for Joost Jam Jar candles…

Queen B by Joost Jam Jar tealights

Queen B by Joost Jam Jar tealights

and here, one from Joost offsider and clever creative Georgina O’Connor

Queen B by Joost pure beeswax tealights for Greenhouse by Joost at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Queen B by Joost pure beeswax tealights for Greenhouse by Joost at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

But here’s where it gets really good… you know how I’m always saying that Queen B candles only really come to life when lit? (if you don’t, well I do, usually to people who are telling me that they are too beautiful to light!).

So, check this out

"Queen B by Joost" beeswax tealights in Jam Jars - image courtesy of Earl Carter & By Joost

"Queen B by Joost" beeswax tealights in Jam Jars - image courtesy of Earl Carter & By Joost

OK, so that’s pretty but a little like a still life, so here it gets even better (got to love the guy drinking wine from his jam jar!)…

"Queen B by Joost" tealights lighting up Rene Redzepi dinner at Greenhouse by Joost for Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.  Image courtesy of Earl Carter & By Joost

"Queen B by Joost" tealights lighting up Rene Redzepi dinner at Greenhouse by Joost for Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. Image courtesy of Earl Carter & By Joost

“But it’s still daylight outside!” I hear you cry!  Well, get this for ambience…

Surely the most ambient restaurant in the world with 100% pure beeswax candlelight (there is no electric lighting in the dining area).  Image courtesy of Earl Carter & by Joost

Surely the most ambient restaurant in the world with 100% pure beeswax candlelight (there is no electric lighting in the dining area). Image courtesy of Earl Carter & by Joost

We’ve also done a bespoke pillar for the reception area.  Stark reminder of beeswax candles requiring lighting here…

Greenhouse by Joost personalised design pure beeswax candle by Queen B.  Image by Queen B!

Greenhouse by Joost personalised design pure beeswax candle by Queen B. Lacklustre image by Queen B!

versus this little beauty…

Fired up Greenhouse by Joost personalised candle from Queen B.  Image courtesy of Georgina O'Connor.

Fired up Greenhouse by Joost personalised candle from Queen B. Image courtesy of Georgina O'Connor.

I rest my case!

Waddya think?


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 few weeks ago I was in Melbourne showing our Queen B candles to potential retailers.  These trade shows are typically quite generic and soulless… lots of white or glass shelving, tables and plinths showcasing tens of thousands of products, the vast majority of which were made offshore.

Enter Joost!

Unfortunately this year my laptop camera chose that exact moment to not work, so this year we have a series of photographs of the stand set to beautiful music and employing all the clever little tricks that iMovie allows you to use.

The build team who set up these trade shows are always excited to see what Joost has in stall as we typically arrive in his big, yellow van with all manner of rusting, rustic frame work on the roof and foliage busting out of the all the doors.  It is amazing to see this cacophony of chaos morph (with a little help from Joost and his team) into a beautiful stand in which to show Queen B candles.  This year was no exception to the norm with more people wanting to buy Joost’s succulents borrowed from the plant wall on the side of his house than wanting to buy Queen B candles!  But you get that.  After 6 years my skin’s a little thicker and now I love doing it for both of us.

It is funny how many people stopped to touch the succulent on the corner and to question whether it was ‘real’ – the assumption being it was fake because it looked so perfect.  Great intro to say that everything on the Queen B stand was alive and natural… including the Queen B candles.

Thanks Joost.  Love your work. xx


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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Lovely to see a friend creating something extraordinary and to it being well received.

Fantastic review of the Greenhouse in today’s Good Living.  As another friend who is a chef said to me “15/20 is the equivalent of 1 hat”.  That’s not bad for a 24 year old chef and his florist mate who built the building!

You can read the review here.

 

Joost distributing Queen B light at the Greenhouse

 

 


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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Melbourne wunderkind Joost has been sharing the love… with The Rocks in Sydney the first stop on the world tour of The Greenhouse by Joost.

The Greenhouse uses light gauge steel, roll formed on site, to create a building shell that is very strong, naturally termite resistant and 100% recyclable.

 

Greenhouse by Joost frame being assembled (and not a bad view either)

 

The building is insulated with locally sourced straw (from wheat, barley, rice etc) wedged into the frame – the framework being designed specifically to the length & width of strawbales.  Interestingly, Joost was telling me the other day that in Germany, a timber framed house is fire rated to burn completely within 45 minutes, where a straw bale house is rated to burn in a day and a half.  Amazing.  New fact for that day.

 

Greenhouse by Joost - straw bales at the ready

 

The light fittings are made from old fencing wire (and will be filled with a bespoke designed Queen B candle that we’re working on at the moment).  Even the flooring which was being (painstakingly) laid when I visited the other day is recycled… made from old conveyor belts!

 

Greenhouse by Joost - conveyor belt flooring being laid

 

[Can I just say for the record that I realise that this photograph is probably not the best photograph of the flooring but I was doing more of a “scenic” shot and when I came this arvo to find a photo of the flooring to illustrate how beautiful it was, I realised that this one showing the backside of Evo was the only one I had!  Blush!  Sooooooo not on purpose people!  Evo’s face is even more beautiful.]

Anyway, moving on…

So the other great thing about having the Greenhouse in Sydney is that we get to have Matt Stone in Sydney.  Matt is the head chef at The Greenhouse restaurant in Perth and was most recently crowned Best New Talent in the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards and Young Chef Of The Year at the inaugural West Australian Good Food Guide awards.  I was lucky enough to have dinner with Joost and his team the other night (cooked by Matt) and the food was divine.  I must say though that I felt incredibly old was I just wanted to tell him that he need to pull his pants up (literally, not metaphorically!) and that he’d look so much nicer if he just got rid of that ring through his lip!!  Oh dear, I am becoming my mother…

As if all those reasons weren’t enough reasons to love having The Greenhouse in Sydney, I also love it because Sydney now has (temporarily) its very own 3-shipping-container-large David Bromley.

 

David getting rigged up for the cherry picker

The ENORMOUS David Bromley on The Greenhouse Sydney

It was really heartening to chat to Matt (Stone) today and I asked him how he was going in meeting the people he needed to meet and finding the suppliers he wanted… he said that it was under control thanks to Neil Perry who had taken him under his wing, introduced Matt to all of his own suppliers and made sure he had everything he needed.  I knew that Neil was a fan & friend of Joost, but from Matt said this was serious going above and beyond kind of help.

I’ll sign off with an image of Joost himself sitting atop The Greenhouse (he had just bounded up the frame of the staircase in about 20 seconds, only to have to come back down again to find me gingerly trying to make my way up without falling through)!

 

Joost

Whilst all of this may seem very “big business” (what an extraordinary building site), actually the Greenhouse is one big risky dream being undertaken by Joost and his wife Jennie.  Yes, they have supporters – we need to thank Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority for making this one happen – but, actually they have a lot of their own capital at risk with this project.  Like most small businesses, they rely on fans to spread the word and support the cause.  You can support Joost and the Greenhouse on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Better still, if you’re in Sydney, why not pop by for a look, a drink and a meal (check the opening hours on their website).

The Greenhouse has its official opening this Wednesday (9th Feb) and will be open to the public from Saturday (12th Feb)… hopefully I’ll see you there. xx

 


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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