Welcome to Quayside my town by the seaside!


Thank you for visiting my blog and thanks even more if you decide to follow :-) I really do enjoying doing it and love to share my projects with you all! In the village at last count I had 18 houses, 14 little roombox size shops, 3 half houses, and 1 half church (half being just a front!) there's also 1 quarter of a house (just half of a front lol) 2 market stalls, 3 market carts and beach huts on the beach although theres always seems to be room for just one more!

I also have a my 1st house a traditional Victorian manor which is very special as it was bought with money left to me by my beloved Nan. There's also my witches house and a witches shop. I also have a lovely Honeychurch house which is my Christmas shop and house and my latest venture a little vintage cottage. But the bulk of my property empire is Quayside, my little Cornish seaside village full of lovely individual cottages and all its wonderful residents. This has become a real labour of love and has turned me from a Dolls house fan into a complete and utter addict! The links below will take you to each of my houses and I especially hope you enjoy your visit to Quayside :-)

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Finished the kitchen in Lavender cottage

Decided yesterday it was time to tackle the dresser for Lavender cottage as its been bugging me! I got it off Ebay a few weeks back for £1.99 as it was coming with the bed I ordered for Seaview so there was no extra postage to pay and it was the exact perfect measurements to fit in the small gap I had for it. I have been undecided whether or nor it was too dark and go for a lightwood one so haven't done anything with it but decided I would have a bash at it. I think it actually looks ok now its in place and Rose is no spring chicken she wouldn't have all new furniture so it wouldn't be all perfectly matched and this dresser was her great Aunt Matildas so it would be very insensative of me to get rid of it!!

 Doing the dresser made me get on with the rest of the kitchen! I was going for quite a different feel to Seaview as thats supposed to be quite young and girly and originally my plan had been to put the green DHE kitchen units I had (not now sold on Ebay lol)   as I was going to make the lounge the kitchen and vice versa but when it came it had the fireplace fitted and the units wouldn't fit and the scullery door really should lead to the kitchen so it seemed right that way round. Its such a small room and with 2 doors and a fireplace it was impossible to get any kitchen units to fit so just went with a small sink and a range still amazed at how much has actually gone in there lol it has everything a kitchen would need just hope it doesn't look too dated as it didn't really want it to be, wanted it to look more traditional than old fashioned hope I've achieved that. I added the curtain on the sink to match the blind and some teatowels on the stove and of course Fisherman Bob has cornish pasty for his supper! I love the pic without the flash it looks like a cosy winters night!

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Aunt Alice has arrived :-)

Aunt Alice is Amelias Aunt who has come come a visit to see how the garden is getting on. Shes sitting in the sun waiting for Amelia whos not at home yet. Shes already been to the shops and treated herself to a new hat as it matched her dress nicely. She will pop in a see her friend Rose shortly for a nice natter and a cup of tea or maybe something stronger ;-)

She was originally supposed to be a mini me but she looks a bit older so decided she is def one of the family but not me just yet! a few more years maybe the hair and the ruddy cheeks are about right lol.

Also got  a great bin from the DH shop in Inverness now mr Fox has a good reason to be mooching down that alley!

Been busy doing lots of things so far this week woke up way too early this morning thinking of all the things I have to do. I decorated the sweetie shelves last night and really pleased how they have turned out! just ordered some fab looking sweets some fudge and flumps from Ebay and waiting on a few other bits so will post some pics when its finished. Also redone the village wall as it kept sagging. Lindsay got his pal at work to cut me a piece of ply the right size and glued it on last night so now its a proper sturdy wall! just need to add the new movie posters and it will finish it off. I have to say I love my little village I spend hours in the spare room making things I had to be dragged out for dinner yesterday lol I love this hobby its def released my inner interior designer!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Sea View updated pics

Just thought I'd post a couple of updated pics of Seaview it hasn't changed drastically just swapped a few things around when Barnacle cottage arrived but had to show you the new puppy his name is ........hhhmmm not decided yet!


Monday, 27 June 2011

Missing my new dolls house buddy! :-(

Had a lovely weekend up at the caravan with Lindsay, Bethany and my Mum and Dad feeling really sad as they flew back yesterday  they have been up for 9 days and we have had such a great time I'm really sad to see them go home we have had the best fun playing DH's all week my Mum is completely hooked now she 'gets it!' we spent ages on the beach on Friday evening collecting driftwood and tiny shells it was such a lovely evening and the doggies loved it too! We spent the day in Inverness yesterday and it was fab taking her to the dolls house shop! she bought lots of things in the shop so along with loads of my spare bits of furniture she has a good little stash to start her off when her house Cockleshell cottage hopefully arrives this week.

I had a budget to stick in the DH shop this time as I always get too carried away lol and only went £8 over which I thought was very good! got loads of things for my shop and did get some real bargains! everything in the 1st pic was in a box for 10p each! got the rabbit dish which I would have paid full price for, a bathmat set for Lavender and some great little bits for the shops ots of little ideas for projects in there! some fabric and rugs for £1 each and I love the dustbin which will go down the alley with Mr fox! my lovely cream Reutter Aga  that I ordered last week has also arrived so hard to get a pic of it in the house needs a bit of dressing so will try and get another better one later! will have fun playing with all my new bits today but it won't be quite as much fun without Mum!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Quayside - my Cornish village

Me and Mum have been making the spare room into our very own take on a Cornish village. We turned some vinyl flooring and a bit of paint into a flagstone street so it matched the houses and used some of the vinyl tiles in the sample book we got and cut up some bits of stone effect card from the Del prado stuff I had to make the wall at the back to give the impression of an alleyway with the new street light we got today. Just ordered some postcards of my fav films obviously including the Wizard of Oz to go in the billboards! We also used a bit of the vinyl to make an alleyway between Lavender and Barnacle cottages which is where fihserman bobs hangs his smalls!! just need to get a small market stall to sell all the buckets and spades and it will have everything you need for a holiday by the sea!!

Also added a picture of Fisherman Bob and his dog Barney with his lovely new lobster pot and basket with net and buoy from Ebay which are fab!!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Fisherman Bob and Rose move in!

Well after a long journey Fisherman Bob and Rose finally moved into Lavender cottage today! They are very happy the house is just as they had hoped! close to the beach for the summer and nice and cosy for when the winter comes. They are looking forward to many happy years there together!


Me and Mum have been very busy today and hought you might like to see what we have made! Some glass buoys for the shop, a sign for the street made from real driftwood we picked up at the beach yesterday and some driftwood pictures for Lavender cottage. Also been up to something else but will wait til the new house is here to show the full effect of that! Great fun having her here she has loads of great ideas cant wait to see it all come together in a day or 2 its going to look amazing!

Friday, 17 June 2011

My new fisherman friend :-)

A few weeks ago I bought a lovely witch from a lady on Ebay and she was fabulous! She was so well made and for £11.99 she was brilliant value for a handmade doll. Today I was looking through her other dolls and came across this fisherman and he just made me smile, kinda looks like my Dad with the grey beard lol

Wasn't sure I was getting dolls for the seasidey houses although Bethany has been bugging me too she says they need to be lived in! Well I decided I just had to have him so he will live in Lavender cottage with his wife. I've seen the perfect woman for him just need to get her made 1st as its one of the dolls she has already sold so hopefully (fingers crossed) she can make another one the same as she is just right! he will sit on the bench out the front sorting out his fish ready for dinner! Oh and his name is BOB! her name will be Alice after my Nan :-)

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Getting the hang of making things!

I'm really starting to enjoy the making my own things side of Dolls Housing. I got the mannequin cheap in Sue Ryder and painted that last nite and it looks perfect in the room!  was always afraid of mucking things up but guess you don't know til you try and this week done the fridge the bed and a few other bits and prob saved myself a fortune in the process so cant be all bad!!! Also found a little plate and painted that for the candles to stand on am loving these will be making loads more lol. Prob won't be getting too much more done for the next week or so as my Mum and Dad are arrinving tomorrow for 9 days really looking forward to I do miss them a lot and will be lovely to see them and of course will be doing lots of shopping thank God its free listing on Ebay this weekend wish me lots of sales ha ha!!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The almost perfect sofa for Lavender cottage and not bad fridge for Seaview!

The new sofa and chair arrived for Lavender cottage this morning the lady at Bluebell minitures kindly swapped them for me when the other one didn't look right and when the parcel came today I was so excited it was much better and looked just right, til I noticed a big fat crease all across the back. Gutted! It will show up so much cos of the way it will be placed in the room so unfortuately although I was hoping not to I think it may have to go back! I know deep down it will drive me nuts everytime I look at it what a shame I will get the right sofa eventually!

On the upside the fridge finally dried so I put it in place this afternoon and it looks not bad really quite pleased with it! not bad for £3.99 and a bit of paint! almost worth all the grief it caused me ha ha I will be out and about next week with Mum and Dad so hopefully will find some stickers for the SMEG part to finish it off but it looks like its supposed to so thats a start! Also got a tiny bunny in the post today from Ebay I have bought a couple as I used to collect them when I was younger and thought they would go nicely in SeaView. Was a beautiful day today just right for a cool drink and a good book in the garden so translated that into my mini world!

Monday, 13 June 2011

Never painting a fridge again!

Saturday was a long day this weekend the caravan is rented out this week so we went up Saturday morning early to clean it all ready for our guests who seemed lovely. They arrived about 3pm so then it was off to Asda for the dreaded food shop always hell when your on a diet! Stopped in Buckie on the way home as it has a Sue Ryder shop which has a small selection of Dolls house things, I got a couple of bargains a mannequin which I will paint black a cute chicken basket, some tools and a fridge. Got the fridge as its a very similar style to Smeg so my plan was to paint it with pink enamel, get some silver letters and it will transform into the fridge of my dreams! easier said than done!! Its driving me mad! I painted it yesterday and thought the colour was too dark and then when I got near the bottom of the paint pot it was white so it must have been stuck to the bottom as I did stir it! so out came the turps and off it all came! painted it again today and I swear everytime I look at it I see another speck of dust or something stuck to it, enamel paint takes forever to dry was ok on the logburner as it was black but the pink shows up everything! hopefully it will look something like its supposed to when it finally dries!!!

Got a lovely mirror in the post today ordered off Ebay last week was not expensive and was worried it might look childish but I loved the colours and it matches perfectly in Lavenders lounge! I made a little hole in the corner of the room yesterday, going to put a standard lamp in for now but really its ready for my Xmas tree always wanted one with real lights!!!

Friday, 10 June 2011

Bathrooms, bits and bobs!

This week my bathroom suite arrived for Lavender cottage and pretty pleased with it. I'm just a bit anal sometimes and like to quality control things when I buy them so ordering off the internet although has its advantages has its downsides as I do sometimes wish I could buy them on sight so I could pick and choose. Not thats there anything really wrong with it just the toilet seats a bit wonky and it bugs me lol but it wasnt expensive so its not really an issue just me being fussy. It actually looks good in place and don't think I could have got any better so should prob stop moaning ha ha that room is pretty much done now just after a nice bath mat one on Ebay finishes tomorrow so will be bidding on that!

The downstairs of Sea View is now pretty much completed won't be adding to much more as I don't want it to get too cluttered and I like how it looks just now busy but not too much so will have to stop myself buying any more lovely things for it! Also think the yard is finished again don't want to overcrowd it!

Waiting for some more things through the post now although this week got a nice book case for Lavender cottage which I'm so pleased with its like it was made to measure the space it sits in its the most perfect fit! new sofas should be here soon swapping the other ones just didn't love them so hopefully the new ones will be just right, they were actually my 1st choice I should of stuck with them lol painted the log burner last night didn't like the grey finish it looks much better in black!