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  • Jam Jar Tealights - the wait is over

    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
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    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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  • Cam shaft candlesticks

    Sometimes it helps to have no idea about cars or their mechanics...

    Driving across the Nullarbor, we happened upon a town (it actually had a name) that consisted of a church on one side of the road and an abandoned house on the other.  Mitch looked for enlightenment, I looked for treasure.

    Previous Home of Cam Shaft Candlesticks

    I emerged victorious a little while later with my new "candlesticks" in hand.  I know enlightenment can be achieved simply by lighting a few beeswax candles.  Anyway, beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder as Mitch thought they looked like rusted old cam shafts.  I have an eye for potential, potential, potential.  Renovators dream.  A blank canvas.  All things that get me excited!

    About 2000km's later and lots of elbow grease, I got to work on my new candlesticks over the weekend, and voila... if that's not a thing of beauty, then I'm a pork chop.  Now I just need to drill a hole in the top for a taper candle, sand off the bottom and fire them up.  I'm told these are from a 6 cylinder Holden.  Being a Holden ute girl, that was music to my ears.  Never before have I been so fascinated by pistons and cylinders.  Next week I'm going hunting for some 4 cylinder cam shafts.  Happy days.  I bet my parents are happy they paid for that private school education now!

    Cam shaft candlesticks (before & after)

    Reckon I should get a range of these on the market?  At about 80cm tall, the drama queen in you will LOVE them!

    Cate x

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  • Queen B by Joost pure beeswax Jam Jar tealights

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    "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

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    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!

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    versus this little beauty...

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

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    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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  • Saving the best for Christmas until last...

    I've been keeping these up my sleeve because they are special...

    Really, really special...

    Made in Australia (actually on Sydney's Northern Beaches), they are solid brass or nickel coated brass.  Each holder is individually made and hand finished to remove the sharp edges.  They are designed to hold our Bee Lights.

    Each tree comes in its own gorgeous, made in Australia, fabulous quality, kraft board packaging.  Fabulous recycled as a paperclip holder, button holder or anything else small.

    We have VERY limited quantities because they were extremely time consuming to make.  They are RRP $39.95 and we have 20% off for the next 24 hours only.

    Christmas Tree Bee Light holders

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    Brass Christmas Tree Bee Light holder

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    Nickel plated Christmas Tree Bee Light holder

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    You know how sometimes if you stay in the moving watching all the credit's, they put a good bit right at the end?... well, here's the good bit!...

    Here's a little look at the product development cycle of our little Christmas Tree candle holder.  I must say I was a little worried when the first prototype came back!  I think we nailed it in the end though.

    Christmas tree prototype 1... mmmm, no!

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    Christmas Prototype 2... cut a little deep

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    Christmas Tree Prototype 3... getting there, but too sharp

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    Christmas Tree Prototype 4... perfection!

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    Christmas Tree Candle holder... product development

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    If that's not a fine candle holder, I don't know what is!

    Cate xx

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  • Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus

     

    I am supposed to be writing a eulogy for Wednesday but can't quite get the words to flow.  Yet is seemed somehow appropriate to share with you one of the new candles that we've been working on all year.

    I had the idea for this candle - Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus - almost a year ago, but it took a while to get the design right, and then a while in wick testing.

    To be completely honest I would consider myself spiritual rather than religious, so I thought long and hard about making a candle that could be perceived as religious, but the design was so detailed and beautiful and what happened during wick testing was so extraordinary that I decided it was bigger than just me and my beliefs or my views and that it deserved to be shared.

    Here's what happened when I first lit the candles...

    Mary Joseph & Baby Jesus candle wick testing

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    So, I was thinking that it was pretty beautiful, but what happened next floored me.  The design surpassed all my expectations.  Because the sleeves and Baby Jesus are further out from the flame than the rest of the candle, Baby Jesus was held aloft during burning...

    Baby Jesus held aloft

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    How beautiful is that?

    As you can see, this is not really a candle that is designed for 'neat' burning or for long burning.  If you're looking for long burning candles that rarely drip, you're better off going for our tealights, bee lights or solid pillars.  But if you're looking for something extraordinary... something that slaps you over the head with its beauty and makes you believe in some higher power, then this is the one for you.

    As promised, to celebrate the launch we have 20% off Mary Joseph and Baby Jesus until midnight on 20th October 2011.

    You can see some of the detail in the robes in the photograph below.

    Mary Joseph & Baby Jesus detail

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    and here's how the candle comes packaged...

    Mary Joseph & Baby Jesus packaging

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    You can see all the candles we currently have available in our Christmas range on our website.

     

     


    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, tealight candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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  • The "Marilyn" Candle Holder

    With the Earthing Stubb being quite butch, I thought it necessary to even the playing field by designing the very sexy femme fatale "Marilyn" candle holder.

    Again, this one is reversible, holding a dinner taper candle in one side and a Bee Light candle in the other.  So, with no further ado, I am delighted to launch our Reversible Marilyn Candle Holders.  They are available in brass or nickel plated.

    To celebrate, we've taken 10% off the holders (that's a saving of $4.00 per holder) and 10% off the holder + candles pack (that's a saving of almost $8.00 per pack over and above the $10.00 saving by buying the pack) until 11.59pm on 5th October 2011.

    Brass Marilyn Candle Holder

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    Nickel plated Marilyn Candle Holder

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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, tealight candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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  • Queen B "Earthing Stubb" Candle Holder

    For the past 3 years I have worked alongside a metal spinner and have seen an array of nuts, bolts and screws leave his workshop with nary an inkling of the extent of what he did.  Imagine my excitement then when after 3 years I noticed a beautiful looking 'bolt' he was making.  My inquiries revealed it to be an "Earthing Stubb" made for Energy Australia.

    Apart from being excited that Energy Australia was having earthing stubbs made in Australia, I was excited because of its potential as a candle holder, and because part of my mission with Queen B is to 'ground' people so anything with 'earth' in its name appeals to me!  Even the weight of these little beauties is enough to ground someone... weighing over 3oo grams EACH.

    So, with no further ado, I am delighted to launch our Reversible Earth Stubb Candle Holders.  They are available in brass or nickel plated and take our Bee Light candles in one side or a dinner taper in the other.

    To celebrate, we've taken 10% off the holders (that's a saving of $4.00 per holder) and 10% off the holder + candles pack (that's a saving of almost $8.00 per pack over and above the $10.00 saving by buying the pack) until 11.59pm on 5th October 2011.

    Ever wondered how to get the man in your life to love Queen B candles as much as you do?... this one's for them.  It's quite butch (in a sexy way)!  So butch that I went on to design the Marilyn candle holder (see the next post for more detail)!

    Brass Earthing Stubb Candle Holder

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    Nickel plated vs Brass Earthing Stubb Candle Holder

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    The extraordinary beauty of a Bee Light

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    So, what do you 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 holders, personalised candles, votive candles, tealight candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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  • Very limited edition - Mini-Marilyn Bee Light holders

    This is the story of a rollercoaster... not the Luna Park kind, the emotional kind.  Small business is kind of like that.

    About 6 weeks ago, shortly after I had launched the Bee Lights, I gave some seconds to one of our lovers who happens to be a metal spinner.  I gave him my usual spiel about putting them in "anything"... apples, small vessels, sweet potatoes... you know the deal.  I had no ulterior motive.  Promise.

    Four days later he walked in with the first iteration of Mini-Marilyn.

    Mini-Marilyn

    Guess where I was on the rollercoaster at that stage?  No prizes.  OK, so I seriously need to get a life, but I was ecstatic.

    Remember when you finished school?... I was happier

    Remember your first kiss?... I was weaker at the knees

    Remember the first song that made you cry... I was more emotional

    Yes, I worry me too.

    Anyway, so we need to deal with the bottom of the roller-coaster.

    As is so often the case with manufacturing in Australia and using quality materials, when push came to shove, we just couldn't make the pricing work.  I wasn't going to be able to sell them at a price that I found palatable.

    Which brings us to today's special offer.

    Mini-Marilyn

    Clever Queen B lover during the testing phase delivered me a bag of 50 brass and then 50 nickle plated "Mini-Marilyn" Bee Light holders.  That means we have 25 pairs of each (actually it is only 20 because I am keeping 10 of each for myself and the Queen B museum & dowry.  That's all... in this design.  We have other designs on the way.

    So, if you love our Bee Lights (and personally I think they are my best work yet) and you aren't into fruit or vegetable holders, then grab yourself a pair before they all go.  They are being sold at the never to be repeated price of $25 per pair.

    And please take a photograph and email it to me.  I love seeing our candle living their destiny.


    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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  • When things go wrong, and they sometimes will...

    [When things go wrong, and they sometimes will],
    When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
    When funds are low and the debts are high,
    And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
    When care is pressing you down a bit,
    Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

    Success is failure turned inside out -
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
    And you never can tell how close you are -
    It may be near when it seems afar;
    So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit -
    It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

    [My mum gave me this poem on a beautiful card when I first left Australia to study overseas for a year. I carried her hand-written card around in my wallet for almost 20 years until my purse was stolen a couple of years ago. Interestingly the thing I was most upset about losing was the poem. I was reminded of it when reflecting on my day!]

    I spent all day on Saturday working on a new candle. In my mind it is a long (40 – 50cm), elegant, very slightly tapered, dipped taper candle. It is inspired by, and to me a logical progression to, our recently launched Bee Lights (with which I am completely obsessed).

    Today was my third day of production testing…

    Below are a couple of photographs from my last test batch today. You will appreciate that the final version is still a little way away!

    Having said that, I am actually burning them at home today (no point in them going to waste!) and they are burning BEE-UTIFULLY...


    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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