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  • Kinfolk dinner - and simple steps to create the look

     

     

     

     

     

    I'm always excited when I get beautiful photography, great ideas or design inspiration to share... imagine then when I have all three?!  Think the kind of happiness a puppy has when its parents come home!

     

    Clever Melbourne(ish) souls - Katie Marx, Phil @afloralfrenzy, amazing photographer Kara Roselund and furniture maker Greg Hatton recently hosted a Kinfolk dinner at Butterland.  [Small digression first - I challenge you to click on any of the links and not have an emotional response to the work they do.  Their posts on instagram often take my breath away.]

     

    Anyway, so, the thing I loved most when I saw the photography was just HOW accessible these table decorations are.  I've actually already used the idea for a dinner party of my own (thanks Katie :-))!  All you need to do is grow nasturtiums (Joost planted some on my edible balcony a year ago and despite forgetting to water them they keep growing)!  Nasturtium leaves taste really peppery.  So, a few piles of salt and some jars with nasturtiums and you've got the seasoning sorted.

    To create the look:
    * Nasturtium seeds
    * Jam Jar Tealights (Box with 2 Jars + 8 candles  OR Bulk Box of 60 Jars + candles)
    * 15cm Solid Beeswax Pillar Candles (Individual OR discounted in a Bulk Box of 6)
    * 20cm Solid Beeswax Pillar Candles (Individual OR discounted in a Bulk Box of 6)

    Of course it also helps if you have a former butter factory.

    I'll break from tradition and shut up now!  Enjoy the photographs

     

    Cate xx

     

     

    Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

    Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

    Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

    Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

    Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

    Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

    Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

    Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

    Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles
    Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

    Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

    Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

    Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

    Kinfolk dinner by Katie Marx, A Floral Frenzy, Greg Hatton, photographer Kara Rosenlund at Butterland with Queen B beeswax candles

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  • A little 'light' relief for a Monday morning

    One of the wonderful things about having a Sunday/Monday as your weekend is that you don't have to go to work on Monday's.  It's a great time to catch up on things when they're quiet.

    Today I've promised myself I'll clear my inbox, which seems to be never-ending because I keep getting distracted :-).  One lovely distraction was a beautiful photograph sent to me by stylist, Meagan O'Donoghue from The Style Palette Co.  I'm always amazed by the talents of our customers.  You're really quite an extraordinary bunch going about your lives choosing to make a difference.  It shouldn't surprise me given what we do, but it does and it is a constant delight.

    Anyway, Meagan took a gorgeous photograph of our Mini-Marilyn Bee Light holders with a couple of Bee Lights.  And the thing that struck me as I was deleting volumes of administrative emails was just how simple the candles and the holders are but how nature is so beautiful that you don't need to fussy it up.

    brass candleholder with pure beeswax taper dinner candles Mini-Marilyn brass candle holders with Bee Lights

    So in the spirit of making it a wonderful day, we're doing a Monday offer today - 20% off Brass Mini-Marilyn candleholders and 20% off the Pack of 10 Bee Lights.  It's spontaneous and open until midnight tonight only.

    I can say hand on heart that our Bee Lights will blow your socks off when they're lit.  They are the ultimate testament to the brilliance of nature (and why we are so thorough with our wick testing)!!  They burn for 3 or so hours each (that's several nights of lighting them during dinner from every candle) and they don't drip if they are out of a breeze.

    And just in case you don't think that I practice what I preach, here's a view from where I'm sitting right now!!  I did consider replacing the 2 in the background with new candles but decided that it was better just to be completely authentic.  This is how I stay calm on a Monday in the face of 553 unread emails!

    I hope you have a wonderful Monday.

    Over and out.

    Cate xx

    light a candle to keep your brain calm and relaxed on a busy day "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness" Chinese Proverb
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  • Queen B Candles at Hamptons House on Georgica Pond blog

    One of our retailers, Hamptons House, was recently featured on the Georgica Pond blog and, apart from letting you know about this gorgeous store and about a great interior design blog, some of the photographs of Queen B candles in the store were just so beautiful that I thought I'd share them with you too.  All photographs taken by Mel and copyright Georgicapond... a visual story of 1 + 1 = 3 (Monica's extraordinarily beautifully created goods + Mel's talent for photography = inspirational viewing and reading)

    Queen B beeswax candles at Hamptons House Fairlight featured on Georgicapond blog 8cm Solid Pillar and 20cm Beeswax Taper in Brass Reversible Marilyn candleholder (oh, and some beautiful butterfly thingys)
    Queen B beeswax candles at Hamptons House Fairlight featured on Georgicapond blog A beautiful Asian urn?... no, all I see are our beautiful Bee Light candles in a Brass Mini-Marilyn with a Brass Reversible Beehive peeking in on the left

     

    Queen B beeswax candles at Hamptons House Fairlight featured on Georgicapond blog Another 8cm Solid Pillar & 20cm pure beeswax taper candle in our Brass Reversible Marilyn Candleholder
    Queen B beeswax candles at Hamptons House Fairlight featured on Georgicapond blo You may have thought this photograph was of a book?... but if you look carefully, to this mother it is of her beeswax Jam Jar Tealight children!
    Queen B beeswax candles at Hamptons House Fairlight featured on Georgicapond blog 8cm Solid Beeswax Pillars, 12cm Beeswax Tapers, 15cm & 25cm Drippies... surrounded by other beautiful wares
    Queen B beeswax candles at Hamptons House Fairlight featured on Georgicapond blog Our first collaboration with Joost from almost 6 years ago - our Eco Bulb candle
    Queen B beeswax candles at Hamptons House Fairlight featured on Georgicapond blog Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens... a bowl of Jam Jar tealights with other beeswax goodies on shelf!
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  • Nett magazine article about email marketing - featuring Queen B!

    A few months ago I approached by Nett Magazine on advice that I would give other small businesses about email marketing.  I had lots to say!... I think it is a privilege to have access to someone's inbox and it is a privilege that I am always conscious not to take advantage of.  I think I break most of the 'rules' of writing a good newsletter (or 'blog') by being too verbose, but then again I dislike rules and I think it is more important to be authentic!  I am verbose.  I am passionate.  Nothing about Queen B is fickle or done without a huge amount of thought and I believe that knowledge is power and so I try to make what I write 'powerful' in terms of it being educational.

    If you're interested in reading the full Nett article about email marketing click on this link - 201307 Nett magazine.  For those of you who are more visual, there's a page shot below.  Just to preempt any comments, yes, I do look different when I've had my hair and makeup done!

    email marketing, nett magazine, queen b, beeswax candles Nett magazine page shot - Email marketing tips featuring Queen B

    Wishing you a very happy weekend - hopefully at least some part of it will be beeswax candlelit.

    Cate xx

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  • Thank you Home Beautiful magazine

    The July 2012 issue of Home Beautiful magazine has just hit newsagents with a really lovely profile on Queen B candles *blush*!  Thank you Anna Koorey (for writing beautifully and making me sound lucid), Adam de Launay (for styling everything beautifully) and Sue Stubbs (for your gorgeous photography).  The cake to the right of the photograph was a plum upside down cake that I cooked to serve warm when they arrived... we ate it cold about an hour later but it looks gorgeous in the pic!  You can see the article here - 201207 Home Beautiful Style Insight - Queen B

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