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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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  • Launch of Limited Edition Dinosaur Designs candles

    Queen B for Dinosaur Designs by Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy beeswax candle range

    You know when you've wanted something for so long and when it happens you kind of have to pinch yourself?

    When you've had your head down and your bum up for a decade and you lift your head and think 'wow, I didn't realise how far I'd travelled'?

    How when you meet someone you've admired from afar you're meant to play it really cool?

    Well, this is all those things for me (apart from the fact that I'm not playing it really cool)!  I've admired Dinosaur Designs from afar for going on 20 years.  My sisters (who I admire) have always loved, and worn, their jewellery and bought their homewares.  I have always loved their designs and that they were Australian made.  And with 28 years under their belt hand making their wares in Australia, I admire their longevity, their ability to keep being creative and for their rolodex of friends.  Friends say a lot about a person and they seem to be surrounded by similarly passionate, intelligent, successful, beautiful (on the inside) people.

    This is one of those 'woo, woo' stories!  Over Christmas when we shut for a few weeks, I always take some time to reflect on Queen B, and this past Christmas I reflected on the fact that the things that I have enjoyed most in the past decade have been our collaborations - Joost, Vue de Monde, Grandiflora, Bollinger, Swarovski, Dior, Penfolds, Cartier, World Wildlife Fund (Earth Hour)... there have been many, and they are the ultimate 1 + 1 = 3 testament.  I put 2 names on my list of people that I wanted to collaborate with:  Dinosaur Designs and Signature Prints (who make all the Florence Broadhurst fabrics and wallpapers... again, right here in Australia... and again, recognised globally).  And here's the 'woo, woo' bit... not 48 hours back in the country I received an email from Dinosaur Designs wanting to meet.  Woo, woo - yay and woo, woo - thank you universe.

    So, I'm not playing it cool, I'm stoked!  I'm excited that some of the greatest design talent in Australia has chosen to work with the best that nature has to offer (beeswax) and with this humble little business that we know as Queen B and together we've created something extra-ordinary.  We're not necessarily an easy business to work with!  I won't add colour to the beeswax (because then you're combusting a dye... which creates emissions).  I won't add fragrance to the beeswax (and we lose a lot of jobs because of this) because then you're combusting an oil... which creates emissions.  I won't use toxic inks (which means we can't match PMS colours)!  There's a list of things and many companies have walked away because they want scented, coloured candles.  You know you're dealing with the company with both ethics and substance when they take that list and create something beautiful that worships nature.

    OK, so I'm not being 'cool' at all!!

    So, here they are.  They are very limited edition and you can find them at Dinosaur Designs 7 stores (including New York), at Dinosaur Designs online (where you can also pick up some of the beautiful homewares that inspired the design) or at Queen B's hive or Queen B online.

    Available in 3 different sizes and 2 different designs, with the extraordinary long burn times that you've come to know and love about Queen B's pure beeswax pillar candles.  With iconic Dinosaur Designs applied to the pure beeswax wraps, they're a beautiful and functional piece of art.:

    pure beeswax hand-rolled pillar candles by Queen B for Dinosaur Designs Queen B for Dinosaur Designs pure beeswax candle range

     

    Totem
    Small Beeswax Pillar Candle (50 hour burn time)
    Medium Beeswax Pillar Candle  (90 hour burn time)
    Large Beeswax Pillar Candle (200 hour burn time)

    Boulders
    Small Beeswax Pillar Candle (50 hour burn time)
    Medium Beeswax Pillar Candle (90 hour burn time)
    Large Beeswax Pillar Candle (200 hour burn time)

     

     

    Here are a few other beautiful shots

    Louise Olsen & Stephen Ormandy of Dinosaur Designs pure beeswax candles by Queen B From Louise Olsen's Instagram feed

     

    Beeswax hand rolled pillar candle by Queen B for Dinosaur Designs Our pure beeswax pillar candles burn down inside their individually painted wraps
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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.

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    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.

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  • 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

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

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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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  • Queen B Unity Candles

    I just received the most beautiful photograph from a bride we did a unity candle for. Photography by Luke Gow Photography. The candle goes into our photographic competition.

    Queen B beeswax Wedding Unity Candle

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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.

    [Readmore]
  • Queen B photography competition award winner

    One highlight in a Queen B day is when we receive photographs of our candles lighting up people's lives. On this basis, and to encourage everyone to get out their digital cameras and to burn their Queen B candles, we run a photography competition drawn twice a year (Jan & July) with the winner receiving $300 of Queen B candles.

    We are delighted to announce the winner of the competition for the last 6 months of 2009 was Sarah Thurrowgood from Melbourne. Below are some of her beautiful photographs...

    Please share yours with us too.

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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.

    [Readmore]
  • Tiffany Does Casablanca & Marrakech

    Launching our new - limited edition - range of Queen B designer pillars... Tiffany Does Casablanca and Tiffany Does Marrakech. [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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