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 :-)

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Ghosts in the attic and new Ebay finds!

I was looking at my witches house the other day and felt there was so much going on but the attic seemed a bit boring in comparison. I decided to move one of the witches out of the shop into the bed looking rather alarmed! The ghost is attached to the roof so as it lifts up the ghost swings around which is much more fun than a boring bedroom!

I also have a few flower fairy items in my SeaView Cottage and really love them although they don't come up all that often. I saw this little rack of dishes and just had to have it. When it came it had a price on the box which was a lot more than I paid so that made me feel like I got a nice bargain.

I also bought a lovely handmade workbench for Santa and it does fit very nicely into the space.

I added a lovely tree to Mrs Claus's shop which makes it feel a bit fuller. I have just ordered some lovely little handmade Christmas teapots so look forward to putting them in they will look wonderful I am sure!

I found an extra set of fairy lights so I put them outside the chippie which has really brightened the village square up.

I have also been busy on Winnies garden. I made a couple of garden walls and added the grass. The walls took forever to dry I am so impatient! And I really need another pack of grass so no pics of that just yet!!! :-) Its been a beautiful day here so we took the dogs for a good long run on the beach and after had a quick peek in the Spotty bag shop. It sells everything you can imagine and I picked up some printable canvas sheets for £1 and they will be so much fun. I will use them to make some rugs and cushions so they were a great find!

Thursday, 26 April 2012

A basket of toadstools for Winnie

I was thinking of more things to add to the witches garden and thought about a nice basket of toadstools. I was going to buy a very lovely one but yesterday I found some air drying clay and thought I would try making a few as I already had a suitable basket.  I painted them today and put a dab of glue on the ends and dipped them in some 'dirt' scatter and lay them on a bed of reindeer moss. I am really happy with it!

The bigger ones will be planted in Winnies garden when its a little more ready!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Hen house and hat stands!

I was looking at little wooden hen houses on Ebay for Winnies chickens but they were quite dear so decided I would have a go at making one myself! I used a couple of bits of wood, lots of lolly sticks, some net from a washing tablet bag (stained a bit with tea) and a coat of oak varnish. I finished it off with a bit of 'grass' carpet dirtied up a bit on the roof and added some straw. I think they look very happy in their new home!!

I have bought a few of KATS fab witches hats for my shop lately and really needed a couple of extra hat stands. They are so expensive on Ebay almost £4 with postage and I seriously begrudged paying that when I know they are only 50p in the DH shop but I can't get there for a another couple of weeks and am too impatient lol! Remembered I had some dark blue glittery fimo and thought I could make some witchy style hat stands and I am so pleased how they turned out and thats a few pounds to spend on something else now!!!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Chippie eating area and my beautiful new doll

I love my little chippie but I thought the village square looked a little dark so I made a little outside seating area. I used a piece of vinyl floor covering in a pale wood colour and added a lolly stick fence painted white.

The new street lamp was another bargain from Ebay and has 3 bulbs so that helped to brighten it up too. I thought it looked a little more modern day than the old fashioned one I had there before, thats now outside the Christmas house!

  A few bits of reindeer moss, some flowers and some little shells just finish it off.

I think its def made the area look a little more interesting!

I still love Ernie the tramp on his favourite bench! He got lucky today with some left over chinese!!

My lovely new doll from Ebay arrived today and shes fab!! I love her. Shes already settled into her new home and looks perfect in there with her little dog Beans (don't ask!!). I will make her a pink pinny as the red one didn't really match but it won't go to waste as it will match my cafe! I did ask the lady who sold her what her name was and it was Muriel but I wasn't sure if that was right for my house (she was from a 40's themed house) So I decided to keep with the M and her name is Madeline, Maddie for short! Sorry lots of pics of her I got excited and kept taking them ha ha! I am so pleased with her and so happy I waited for the perfect doll to come along!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

A little Christmas in Spring!!

The weather has been pretty horrible this weekend so we have been at home not doing much. Yesterday I was sorting out my craft drawers and came across some snow scatter I had bought to do my Christmas house and I had a sudden urge to get on with it!! I had one of Julies lovely cottages that didn't fit into Quayside, there really is no more room in my spare room! I found the perfect little spot for it in the hallway next to the Franklin Mint Christmas house. There was a nice space in front to put the sleigh and reindeer. I have had great fun the past couple of days making it all Christmassy. The snow effect turned out really well so I am really chuffed with it. I was worried I wouldn't be able to make a seasisde cottage look wintery But I really think its worked! I listed this house on Ebay thank goodness it didn't sell now I have fallen in love with it all over again!

The lantern lights look perfect they def make it look very Christmassy!

Bethany added her magic touch!!

Julie Lawton of course made the wonderful sign!!

Oops someone didn't read the sign and now Rudolph is making a bid for freedom! Just as well I added the bells to his reins so someone is sure to hear him!

Welcome to the Claus Emporium! Mrs Claus runs the shop downstairs selling lots of gifts and lovely home made festive food.

It needs lots more stock added but luckily I had quite a lot from the Christmas fair scene I did last year.

  Mr Claus works upstairs in his workshop although today hes not alone he has a little friend to visit, Melody.

 He is taking a break for the hard work to enjoy a nice Christmas dinner, he never gets bored of Turkey!!

Diane a lady I have met locally visited today to pick up my O'Rourkes which she had decided to buy. I was quite sad to see it go but I know she will love it and do it more justice than I did so I am really happy it was her that bought it as I follow her blog so can see it anytime I want! It was nice chatting Dolls houses with her and her daughter!

I think I am needing some kind of help as earlier I was waiting to bid on a doll on Ebay and I actually felt sick lol I had been watching her for days and really wanted her to go in Seashell Cottage. I have been looking for a very special resident! I put my bid in with 5 seconds to go and honestly didn't think I had a chance in hell of winning her as she was made by Bella Belle dolls and I know how desired they are and although beautiful they are very expensive. I drooled over Julies stand at the DH fair in Edinburgh last week and never thought I would get chance to own one. Well I WON! I am so thrilled I think I screamed lol I can't wait for her to arrive and settle in her new home!

Friday, 20 April 2012

Chippie mark 3! Suncream and a cot!

The more I looked at the fish and chip shop the more I wasn't happy with it! The awning sat too high and was making it look out of proportion. So I took it all off and did it again with a slight overhang and fixed it back on a bit lower. It looked even worse you couldn't see Bethanys fab sign so it was back to the drawing board! 

 My 3rd attempt was more successful. I made it a little smaller and added the lace trim to make it a little more finished looking. I then stuck it below the sign which seemed to work better. Bethany then did another sign to go at the top to fill the space. The overall effect is so much better now I am happy with it!

 I made some bottles for the window sill and a little box to put them in. Will get some fencing done tomorrow to finish it off.

I also made some little suncream bottle for a little stand I had got with some Barbie stuff. It was the one thing the Harbour hut was missing and I think they look just the part!

I received this lovely little cot today from the lady who bought my beach hut. Bethany had made her sign and to say thanks she sent me this. I'm so pleased with it, it looks lovely in the shop so thanks very much Carol :-)