The sun has got it’s hat on

Hip hip hip hooray!  So I thought it was a good time to take a photo of Little Beach Boutique in the sunshine (and show off our new sign).  You can also see some of our gorgeous wedding gifts, such as our Mr & Mrs Garland and our handmade personalised children’s room signs, made in Brighton.

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And this is Dylan the dog sun bathing. He comes down to the shop with me every day and loves to greet each customer.  He also likes chasing the seagulls when there’s a discarded bag of fish and chips on the beach.

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Let’s hope the sun lasts this time!

Suzanne x

Suzanne blogs from her shop and workspace, Little Beach Boutique, in the Artist’s Quarter on Brighton Seafront.  You can see more of her handmade gifts from Brighton and beyond here:

http://www.littlebeachboutique.com

Warm felt slippers for cold winter feet

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In 2009 I visited Nepal for the first time. I had decided to take a few months to travel and volunteer, and instantly fell in love with the place – it became home for a while, and I have gone back every year since.

During one of my visits, I met Ramji, a local business man, who makes felt slippers from his home workshop in the Kathmandu Valley.  I was just about to open Little Beach Boutique and thought the slippers he made were the cutest thing I had ever seen and would be a perfect addition to the shop.  Each pair is made with natural wool, made by hand from start to finish and dried naturally in the sun.

I soon put in an order for some slippers – sheep, tigers and mice, and on recent visits, we have been coming up with ideas together.  In January, I returned to go trekking, and we came up with some new designs – donkeys, cows, dogs and cats.

They took a while to arrive this time, as it has been a long, cold winter in Nepal and there haven’t been many warm sunny days.  But last friday, after going home from the shop early, feeling frozen by our relentless winter, they had arrived – so I put on a pair instantly! Happy feet…

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So now I don’t really mind if the cold continues for a while, as I have these to choose from…
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Blogging from her gift shop, Little Beach Boutique, Suzanne writes about art, craft and making glass, running a small business and living by the sea.