Dizzy Miss James - Travel / Food/ Lifestyle


Bohemian Bedrooms

As the days grow darker and the temperature drops I've starting settling into hibernation mode, oversized jumpers, cosy quilts and a large mug of hot chocolate. I love nothing more at this time of year than snuggling by the fire wrapped in a blanket or tucked up in bed in my comfy pyjamas  watching a movie.

Here are few of my favourite bedrooms that are inspiring me at the moment, I could happily set up camp for the winter in any of these. I love the bohemian style full of intricate patterns, texture and layers, a mixture of vintage and modern combined together for an original look.


I'm a massive fan of geometric shapes and I'm crushing over these quilts from Urban Outfitters even the simplest of rooms can be enhanced and with the addition of a colourful vibrant throw.


Beautiful handmade crochet always gives a room such a homely feel.

What's your favourite wintertime comfort?


Mojitos And Jet Setting

 At the end of October I went on my first holiday abroad in 6 years and what better place to do it than in sunny Tenerife!

The holiday was fantastic! We had beautiful weather, spa days, indulged in far too much food and drink and experienced some amazing sunsets.


My favourite part of the holiday was sitting by the beach at the mojito shack, cocktail in hand watching the sun go down.

Above is me after a few of those lovely mojitos with my head in a tree (as you do).


Summer Ices

Looking through my picture library I found this from back in August.  It was a lovely day at the beach with my mam & dad we enjoyed sun, sea, chips and ice-cream. 

And I couldn't resist having my photo taken beside this cool ices sign. 


Mr Badger Tote Bag Giveaway!

If you don't already know I'm holding a completion on my Facebook page to win this guy..

He has been hand painted and could be yours with a few simple steps, details of how to enter can be found here.


1950's Special Make and Mend Market

There were fun and shenanigans on Saturday at the Grainger Market. It was the November Make and Mend Art, Crafts and Design Market but this month it had a 50's theme. I was very excited as I LOVE this decade and it's an excuse to get dressed up!

Here is me with my red polka dot head scarf. I was wearing a lovely blue and white print dress under my thick coat but due to the extreme chilly weather my dress never saw the light of day. They were all rocking some awesome 50's styling, check out more photos from the event here.
If you ever get a chance to visit the Make and Mend please do you will get to see some lovely talented local designers like Britt Coxon, Flip Knit Stich, Pretender to the Throne, Dabble Dabble and Low Moon Over High Town.


Christmas Unwrapped – Origami Workshop at the Baltic Shop

I was asked by Creative Up North Blog to attend a taster of session of Christmas Unwrapped – Origami Workshop at the Baltic Shop, read how I got on here.


Folksy Festive Fervour

Yay I have won the Folksy Festive Fervour competition with my 
Pinterest Board Blue/Silver Christmas!!

Check it out on the Folksy blog.

I won a pair of tickets to the Country Living Magazine Fair and Folksy will be publishing the Pinterest Board on the front page on the run-up to Christmas.



Excellence At Home

I'm delighted to have my House Portrait Illustration featured on the Excellence At Home website alongside some other beautiful work. 

If your after a custom house illustration please get in touch, I still have some spaces left on the run up to Christmas but they are filling up fast! 


Afternoon Tea for Two

My lovely friend Lisa kindly gifted me with a Champagne Afternoon Lunch for 2 at Browns in Newcastle for my birthday. However this is the most delayed of outings as my birthday was back in January! We've both been busy bees and haven't had a full afternoon where we both didn't have to rush off.

 It was nice just take our time, have a catch up and enjoy it. It was a much needed pick me up and like having a second birthday in August (which isn't unheard of for me). We tucked into our sandwiches, scones, cakes, champers and pot of tea it was delicious! 

Thank you Lisa! 


Watermelon Pac-Man

I think the heat may finally be getting to me. The other day as the bf cut out a slice and tucked into his watermelon I had this overwhelming urge to turn it into Pac-Man. I do have a little obsession with the lovable character. I own many a mug adorning images from the retro 80's arcade game so it is never far from my mind. 

I cut out a couple of eyes added a few Dizzy Miss James fruit brooches into the mix and there you have it Watermelon Pac-Man ready for game play! 

Just another day in the office!


Chillin on the Isle of Skye

At the end of June I had a wee break away. I haven't had a proper holiday in years, I've had a few days here and there but not that full on leave everything behind and relax holiday so I was very much looking forward to it.

Paul and I packed the car full of supplies and headed towards the west coast of Scotland bound for the Isle of Skye. We were off on an adventure!

We broke up the journey by having some much needed tea and shortbread stops to allow me to get bearings. And we stayed at a B&B on the way up to Skye and in a hotel in Perth on the way back home. This is the picturesque cottage we stayed in just outside Dalwhinnie.

We visited Eilean Donan Castle it looks so tranquil you wouldn't know there were 6 coaches of tourists to the right, the loch and it's surrounds were beautiful.

Above is Plockton in the North West of Scotland apparently it has it's own micro climate and is known for it's palm tress and lovely weather.. until we turned up and it poured down with torrential rain. However we still managed to have some chips by the seaside even if it was in the dry of the car.

In Skye we stayed in a quant rustic Bothy in a traditional village called Staffin. We had no phone, no internet and no TV. We filled our days exploring the Island with it's exaggerated landscape, waterfalls, dinosaur footprints and Fairy Glen, it almost felt like you were on Middle Earth. Our evenings were spent in front of the log fire relaxing and losing all sense of time. 

I got my adventure.


Down By The Riverside

After having a break at the end of June I have been a little quite of late. I had a lovely relaxing time away on the Isle of Skye, I'll share more details of this in another post in a few days. Time on Skye is different it almost feels like it slows down and after returning home and being emerged in a heatwave, I don't think I have fully adjusted back to my normal routine.

After having no connection to the online world while I was away, since returning home I have been trying to avoid technology and spending more time outdoors. I am lucky enough to live close to beautiful countryside so I have been out and about taking in the scenery.  My village is located by a river and always looks lovely at this time of year.

Yesterday the bf and I had a wonderful time sitting down by the riverside, watching the wildlife, dipping our toes in the river and relaxing in the sunshine.

I hope your enjoying your summer.


Fairy Watercolour Commission

I was commissioned to do a fairy watercolour for a little girls Christening gift, something a little bit different and personal for her special day.

I'm really please with the result and love that she has something personal to her, a keepsake that hopefully will be treasured for many years to come. 


Thrifty Finds

When my friend was up a few weeks back we visited an antiques fair to get our thrifty fix.

After getting to the fair quite late and having a look around I couldn't find anything that caught my eye. Lisa got herself some pretty vintage postcards and some cute 70's kitchenalia. 

At this point I was afraid that I was going to come back empty handed. Until I spotted these beauties peeking at me from the back of a stall.

A set of 4 gorgeous Elizabethan Chelsea retro cup and saucers. I love the vibrant floral style and that each set is in a different colour. 

I've got them displayed in a vintage 70's G Plan cabinet, adding a touch of personality to the room.

I hope you've had a great weekend.


Cocktails, Chilling and Chatting

 This week I've been exhausted, a bit of recovery time has been needed from the fun & shenanigans of the weekend. My friend Lisa came up to visit for the Bank Holiday, we only see each other about twice a year so we make the most of it when we're together. Lisa is a swim wear designer, fellow vintage lover and also shares my obsession with retro furniture and design. We did manage to squeeze in some vintage shopping I'll share some of my finds on a separate post next week. 

I was a little worried on Friday by the fact it was pouring down with rain but by Saturday morning we woke up to glorious sunshine which stayed with us the whole weekend. We spent Sunday outside sitting on a blanket chilling, drinking cocktails and chatting about future creative projects (watch this space). 

I consumed so much food over the 3 days and quite possible too many cocktails but lots of fun and giggles were had by all and I can't wait for our next meet up.

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