A Norfolk woman has launched a handmade jewellery business after chronic illness forced her to leave full-time work. 

Tanja Brain, 46, has opened Cottage Beads and Jewellery in The Courtyard in Sheringham. 

The shop sells handmade bracelets, earrings and necklaces as well as crystals and other beads. 

Ms Brain said: "The business stems from my health condition, I find that I can do this because I can take breaks when I want to. 

"I'm loving it in here, and I'm expecting it to get quite busy this weekend."

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Ms Brain suffers from fibromyalgia, a chronic illness that causes muscle pain, fatigue and problems with sleeping. 

She left her previous job shortly after her diagnosis in 2020 as she struggled to stand up for extended periods of time. 

Eastern Daily Press: The shop sells jewellery handmade by Tanja BrainThe shop sells jewellery handmade by Tanja Brain (Image: Tanja Brain)

Cottage Beads and Jewellery began as a vendor at markets and events in Fakenham, Sheringham and Swaffham, but now has a permanent home in The Courtyard. 

Ms Brain added: "I'd like people to realise that the shop is all about well-being.

"What I want to do is promote positivity."

The shop is now open Monday to Saturday, from 10am until 4pm.