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  • And the winner is...

    Pollen

    What a fabulous exercise that was!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who voted and commented and liked and tweeted and posted... the verdict is in and interestingly, both the official Judging Panel (Louise Olsen from Dinosaur Designs, Deb Bibby from Real Living Magazine and Jodie Warters from ISCD)  and the jury (you guys) came to the same conclusion.  Clearly we have very stylish customers!  Pollen, by Tina Murray-Walker, was the clear winner in both camps.

    hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles - shot on location at Mark Tuckey. Artwork by David Bromley

    I trundled off to one of my retailers on Saturday - fabulous, Australian manufacturer, Mark Tuckey* - with my new designs in hand and was tickled yellow to discover that we are 'on trend' with the colour too!  What a happy surprise.  Being 'on trend' has never been a great driver for me as I think that non-toxic, Australian made, beautiful designs, being real and anything to do with bees are more important than being trendy, but what a happy coincidence that in this case we can have it all!  I have to say too that making the candles on Saturday just made me feel happy.

    Just before I delightedly show you "Pollen" in a myriad of ways at Mark Tuckey, a thank you to all the designers for their beautiful designs.  It is testament to the quality of their work that we had our biggest response ever to a call out for your opinions.  Special mention as runners up to Ingrid Bowen for her Fez design (which came second) and to Sandy Cipriotti for Sunburst and Brenda Deguara for Bedelia (which came equal third).

    As promised when I announced the winning comment (the winner was Amanda Ingham for her post on our blog) we're offering 20% off to anyone who posted on the blog, commented on Facebook or 'liked' on Instagram PRIOR to 5th November 2013 when entries closed.  Your order must be in the same name as the name you used to comment, post or like!  The 20% off offer is valid until 5pm this Friday, 15th November 2013.  Simply put your name into the comments field to alert us to your revered status (and that we need to look for your comment/like/post)!

    They are available in 3 different sizes:

    • 10cm medium (10cm H x 8.5cm W) with a 50 hour burn time
    • 15cm medium (15cm H x 8.5cm W) with a 90 hour burn time
    • 20cm fat (20cm H x 10.5cm W) with a 200 hour burn time

    With no further ado, it is with great pleasure that I give you Pollen...

    hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles - shot on location at Mark Tuckey
    hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles - shot on location at Mark Tuckey
    hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles - shot on location at Mark Tuckey
    hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles - shot on location at Mark Tuckey
    hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles - shot on location at Mark Tuckey
    hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles - shot on location at Mark Tuckey
    hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles - shot on location at Mark Tuckey
    hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles - shot on location at Mark Tuckey

    And just because I couldn't resist showing the full, exquisite artwork by David Bromley and some of the amazing furniture made in Australia by Mark Tuckey and his talented team...

    hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey Pollen design by Tina Graham for Queen B beeswax candles - shot on location at Mark Tuckey

    * be careful clicking on the link for Mark Tuckey... I just spent an hour on their website dreaming!

    You can read the profile on Tina Murray-Walker in this month's Real Living Magazine by clicking on the image below:

    Real Living magazine profile on Tina Murray-Walker ISCD Surface Design student and Queen B beeswax candle design winner Profile on Tina Murray-Walker in this month's Real Living magazine
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  • Queen B candle-rolling at Live Green House

    Last weekend Sydney City Council had the official opening of the new Town Hall replete in solar panel splendour.  As part of the celebrations, the Live Green House was on location as were volunteers from the WWF Earth Hour team.  We were approached to ask if we could send along someone to teach beeswax candle-rolling.  With over 20,000 candles rolled, we sent in Ade (bung knee and all) and from all accounts it was very popular.

    Queen

    Earth Hour is traditionally one of our busier times of year thanks to the 'naturally carbon neutral' status of pure beeswax candles (according to the organisers themselves).  Of course it makes sense that pure beeswax, made by bees to store honey WOULD be more earth friendly than petro-chemical candles (paraffin) or hydrogenated/bleached soya oil or palm oil candles.  Then again, based on our sales, about 99.99999% of people are turning off their lights and lighting environmentally damaging (not to mention the damage to your health) candles.

    For more information on the toxicity of candles, read our post on the article I wrote for Living Wisdom.


    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.

    [Readmore]
  • Earth Hour - Light a pure beeswax candle.

    One of our most exciting times of year is Earth Hour... because it focuses people on the environment and because the World Wildlife Fund (the organisers of Earth Hour) are specific about only 100% pure beeswax candles being natural carbon neutral.  They state:

    "... make sure you use 100% pure beeswax candles which are gentler on our planet - smoke free, non-toxic and non-allergenic.  They are also made of natural beeswax, not petroleum based wax, so they are effectively carbon neutral." WWF

    This year Earth Hour is being held on 27th March 2010 at 8.30pm.  It is estimated that over a BILLION people globally will turn off their lights for Earth Hour.

    The event, which began in Sydney in 2007 with 2 million people switching off their lights, swelled to more than 50 million people around the globe in 2008.  In 2009, participation intensified by hundreds of millions as 4159 cities, towns and municipalities in 88 countries, as well as many of the world’s best-known landmarks, acted for climate change.  Organisers have stated that cities participating in 2010 have already overtaken those that took part last year.

    The World Wildlife Fund in Australia have been purchasing Queen B candles to light their landmark Sydney event since inception in 2007.  What will you be using to light your Earth Hour?

    Queen B rolled tapers

    WWF

    WWF

    Here are a few images from the official WWF events in past years.

    Earth

    Queen


    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.

    [Readmore]
  • Living Wisdom article - Candles that Kill

    A few months ago I was approached by Living Wisdom magazine to write an article about the toxicity of candles. It is a starting point for anyone who wants to know more about the toxicity of candles. I think that everyone has a right to make their own decision... to have research at their fingertips and to make an informed decision. [Readmore]
  • Negative Feedback

    We are usually blessed to received lovely emails in response to my (newsy) newsletters, BUT after our last one, I received some negative feedback... What I want people to know is that small business, and particularly running a small business hand-making 100% pure Australian beeswax candles, is incredibly rewarding, but a tough road. [Readmore]
  • Fallen Angels

    Queen B Fallen Angels - Pure Australian beeswax candles [Readmore]

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