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Monthly Archives: June 2010

  • Enhancing the dance of candlelight

    One of things that I find enchanting about candlelight is the way it dances.  The light it throws.  The shadows.  The play of light.  It is one of the things that I look for when choosing candle-holders and glassware for Queen B candles.

    A picture speaks a thousand words they say, so in break from my usual form, I'll just show you what I mean!

    Glass hanging candle holder

    Glass

    Glass and wicker hanging tealight candle holder

    Glass

    Glass and wicker hurricane lanterns

    Glass

    All photographs taken with my Canon IXUS 8515 digital camera (ie nothing sophisticated!).


    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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  • R.I.P. Otto

    I have hand painted a LOT of bespoke design candles over the years doing Queen B, and I must admit there is something quite lovely about knowing that we can hand-make and paint a candle that is going to blow people away.  Yesterday, I was blown away...

    I received a fax in the morning asking me to quote on painting a bespoke design.

    I immediately noticed that the fourth 'toe' was missing from the second pad, so I called.

    All I can say is that everyone needs a friend like Emma in their life.  Emma's friend was recently devastated to lose her 10 year old dog, Otto.  Otto had lost one 'toe'.  Memorial candle specifically for Otto.

    Thank you to Emma for inspiring me to be a better friend.


    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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  • Wedding by Joanne & Neal, candles by Queen B!

    I always say that the true beauty of a Queen B candle is only apparent when it is lit... hot off the press these beautiful shots from Joanne. (yes, we feel honoured to receive these less than a month since the wedding) [Readmore]
  • Queen B Frequent Foragers Program

    Coinciding with the launch of our new website (in fact it was one of the major reasons for overhauling our site) is the launch of our new Queen B Frequent Foragers Program. Every dollar that you spend with Queen B online (excluding postage) goes towards increasing your loyalty reward. Adam, clever web guy, has even managed to migrate all of your previous orders into the new system, so your reward level is based on all of your online orders to date. The rewards are as follows: [Readmore]
  • Have you ever seen a snow pea being born?

    With my trusty guide (the Australian Edition of Grow Vegetables by Alan Buckingham) in hand, I made up a couple of wooden planter boxes. What a delight to grow things. Just as good as making things! The first thing I do when I get home every day (regardless of the time) is to go onto the balcony to see what's been going on. Note to any aspiring vegie growers - plant brussel sprouts (even if you don't like the taste) because they grow so quickly that there is a noticeable difference EVERY DAY. It is fabulous. I absolutely enchanted today to notice that snow peas actually grow out of the flower. OK, I probably should have known that, but I didn't. It is so beautiful, I thought I'd share... [Readmore]
  • Luminary by Glen Ryan

    I received these beautiful photographs this week from master craftsman & talented designer, Glen Ryan. As you can see, Glen is also something of a fan of Queen B candles for his incredible, individually hand-turned and carved Luminary candlesticks. I am reminded again that the true beauty of a Queen B candle is most apparent when it is lit and lighting up lives... [Readmore]
  • What a blast!

    It seems that our new website largely survived unscathed (good one Adam!) and I am fabulously, deliriously happily scathed! I have done the stairs in our building no fewer than 40 times today (to all the analysts out there, yes I was a little inefficient in my processes). I used an entire 50 meter roll of our beautiful, water-activated arabic gum paper tape (sticky tape is really toxic). A 200L bag of our eco corn flour stuffing... and stuck the last label on its parcel about 2 minutes before Australia Post arrived! [Readmore]
  • New website live. Now to crash it! 10% off the entire Queen B range for 24 hours only.

    Our new website went live just 14 short days ago.

    Like most new mothers (or people who run a small business and really need to get a life), I am besotted and can't stop looking at it.  Oh, the dreams that I have for its future...

    Adam (clever web guy and realisor of dreams) assures me that it can't be crashed.  I thought I'd give him a run for his money.

    So, for the next 22 hours (this post is 2 hours late) we're offering 10% off the entire Queen B range.  To get the discount, either use this link, or use the code Love Queen B in the discount coupon field when you're checking out your shopping cart.

    If you've been with us for a while, you know we seldom discount.  We've never discounted like this... it is the website baby brain!  Certainly both Adam and I are sleep deprived!!  So if you have winter nights to make cosy, presents to buy, love to send, or simply need a cupboard full of random acts of kindness in waiting, then the next 22 hours is the time.

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

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  • Give me a home amongst the gum trees

    I'm just back from a week outback exploring and visiting one of our beekeepers to pick up beeswax. My goodness, Australia is an extraordinary beautiful country. I covered about 1000km's which saw me travel through the lush, green rolling hills and beaches of the South Coast (I travelled all the way down to Mogo) then through Braidwood and Goulburn and over to Bathurst and back through the Blue Mountains. [Readmore]
  • New Queen B website - DDay + 14 days

    The new Queen B website went live about 2 weeks ago... I thought I'd delay the announcement until we'd had a little time to iron out any bugs that cropped up.

    What happened instead is that after several weeks of sleep deprivation our wonderful web guy came down with the migraine to end all migraines.  So it's 2 weeks later and there are still a few things that we would like to make work better, but the new site is live and we are already receiving really lovely feedback.

    In fact, one of the things that I am happiest about (and one of the major reasons I wanted to update the website) was so that we could share some of the beautiful feedback that we get... and it's now there on every page.  There is something really lovely about making something that literally lights up lives... hearing about it, or being dropped a note of appreciation is icing on the cake.

    Click on the picture to go straight to the site and marvel! (or is it only me after a year of dreaming, planning and doing  that is this excited?!)

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

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