17 Jan 2016

Christmas Round Up And Plans For 2016

Hello There!

Well its the middle of January and already the year seems to be flying! I think it's due to the many plans and adventures I hope to undertake in 2016 and I don't feel I have enough time to fit everything in! I know I'm a bit late with this one but I thought I'd fill you guys in with what I've been up to over the holidays and a brief bit about my plans for the year ahead.

The last few months of 2015 were crazy hectic for me. It's my busiest time of year for Dizzy Miss James with events and Christmas orders I was completely swept off my feet. I absolutely love what I do and wouldn't change it for the world although from October through to December its completely tiring and I couldn't wait for a break at Christmas.

The holiday season was truly wonderful spending it surrounded by the people I love the most. Lots of love, laughter and many hugs. My Mam & Dad put on a fantastic spread on Christmas Day, 10 people around a table sharing food, drinks and telling stories. The James household is one full of traditions and quirks. When we all lived at home you had to go down stairs in the order of age to see if 'Santa had been' ( I wasn't a fan of this as I'm the youngest). We all spend a few hours in the pub apart from  my Mam and Sister (who cook) and my Niece and Nephews (who play) before the main event of a slap up meal. We are always late back from the pub (it's a tradition to be late) and Mam is grumpy due to our lateness. The paper hat from the cracker must be worn at the table at all times then we eat until we are full to the brim and can't fit in no more. This year me and the James Crew got to create a lovely centre piece for the table and some cute decorative accessories for the home. The lovely people from Oasis - Home & Hobby sent me a *Goody Bag (below) filled with some of their favourite Christmas products. The finished piece looked fabulous on the day, unfortunately I didn't get a photo due to being completely engrossed in James Christmas Craziness. If you get a chance do check out their website for more great products and they are not just for Christmas.
Oasis Home And Hobby
On New Years Eve I went out with family for some fabulous Indian cuisine at Haveli. I'm not so into the New Year celebrations as I used to be when I was younger but I guess it can all feel a bit over hyped anyway. Back in the day I would be out as early as possible, return home at some point on New Years Day and all of this without wearing a coat. Geordie Style! These days Im quite happy with good food, good company and good conversation. How times change!

Since the start of 2016 there has been planning, list making and my Birthday celebrations. There's a lot going on behind the scenes at DMJ, new products, photos and planning to take over the world (only joking). I don't make any new years resolutions as such the past few years I have chosen a word for my theme of the year. That way there's no pressure to complete specific tasks by the end of the year and beat yourself up if you don't do them. Last year it was BUSINESS in 2015 I focussed on making my little business grow and thrive. This year in 2016 my word is PEOPLEI want to meet new people, collaborate, get involved in communities and generally get myself out there in both business and  my personal life. Im looking forward to throwing myself into blogging and the blogging community and I'm attending my first ever Blogtacular in June and I can't wait!

2016 BRING IT!

I hope y'all have had a super smashing great festive holiday and are well rested and raring to go for a shiny new 2016. 








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