2016: A year of seriously snazzy stuff
Every year it seems like I’m saying "Wow, its August already!" and then its December! My blog posts have been few and far between but I am getting this last post of the year out to you all in time for Christmas (and to get out of your hair).
This year at Quandialla Candle Co has been pretty exciting for us (and by us I mean me) for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I have now been working in the studio in the village for one year, and enjoying having all the mountains of cardboard in there instead of my home! Its been a lovely space to spread out and pour candles and pack orders, as well as having a chat with my friends who drop in, my family who pass by, and the tourists who poke their heads in and ask if they can have a look. I’m always happy to show people the lovely old Quandialla Cafe, even though she is a bit rough around the edges, and a bit hot in Summer and a bit cold in the Winter...
We have also been flat out supplying a lot of new stockists around Australia. We have over 25 stores and galleries stocking our candles and its been great to talk to the people who are doing the hard yards for us...selling the product! We are always grateful for new stockists and even though we aren't taking any more on this year, we look forward to getting to know the ones who have enquired recently when the new year rolls around.
We have had a couple of exciting projects this year, including a collaboration with Red Tractor Designs of Mudgee. They released a candle range this year at the Melbourne trade fair, all made here at Quandialla Candles. We had fun working out a range of fragrances with them as well as seeing our candles out there with the distinctive designs of Rachael Flynn on them.
We are also currently working on a commission with the Grenfell tourism office, getting ready to release a new souvenir candle for them which has a special signature scent, the Brundah Bush Mint. Its a native plant that is endemic to Grenfell and has a fresh eucalyptus and mint scent. This candle will make a lovely keepsake for anyone with ties to Grenfell or just for those passing through looking for a memento.
In other exciting news, we had a photo shoot with Country style magazine back in the Autumn, and the story will be run in the upcoming January issue. I hope there has been some creative shots taken that hide the mess and mountains of washing...not to mention the less "stable" areas of the studio!
We had some fragrance changes to the range this year as well, introducing 3 new scents to the square tins. These were well received at the markets we attended throughout the Spring, which is the best way to get our customers opinions, straight from the horse's mouth! We released a citronella and lemon eucalyptus camping candle in an enamel mug which has been hugely popular already, as well as our annual Christmas Candle which has become such a hit over the past 4 years, it completely sold out before December!
So before I collapse in a heap, I would like to thank all of our customers and stockists who have been so supportive (and extremely patient). Without you, there wouldnt be any Quandialla Candles. Merry Christmas to you all, and stay tuned for more news and fresh new fragrances in the new year.