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 :-)

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

My Village!

I have done loads of odd bits and pieces to the village lately and last night I put all the lights on and just sat back and looked at it! Its easy to forget how much I have done over the past 18 months when you are just making small changes here and there. I decided to take a few different photos of my spare room (Dollyland) which will hopefully give you more of a perspective of how Quayside is all set out :-)

This is the whole room with the shops on the right and the residential area on the left

Quaysides town centre....all shops apart from Seaview Cottage on the far right.

Inside views of all the shops.........

Shops at dusk...........

Shops at night..........

The residential side of Quayside with the B & B and the church.........

Inside of Lavender Cottage, Fisherman Bobs house...........

Inside of Seashell Cottage and the B & B

And not forgetting Broomstick Cottage which is still in Quayside just out of sight on the bedside cabinet!

I hope you enjoyed this tour of Quayside and hope you will have a better idea of what I am lucky enough to see every day! :-)

Monday, 30 July 2012

Lovely things and filling up the shops!

Its been a busy couple of weeks with my family up to visit and going backwards and forwards from the van! We tend to go every other week and rent in between which pays our site fees for the following year. Last week we at last had some lovely weather and it was nice to just sunbathe on the decking with a good book or two! We dropped my parents off at the airport on Tuesday and as its only 10 mins from Inverness we did a little shopping. Of course that meant a trip to the DH shop but didn't go mad just a few little bits and pieces.

I will go back to last week first as I received the most gorgeous quilt in the post from my lovely friend Deb. She made it all by hand as its just gorgeous! I loved it so much I decided to base the whole idea of the homewares store upper floor around it!!

She also sent me the most adorable little bunny jumper she had made as she knows I am bunny mad! Its just perfect and fitted Marie just right I can't even begin to tell you how much I love it lol!!! Thanks so much Deb you really are such a great friend!

Back to the shop! Debs quilt was so pretty I decided to add much more pretty fabrics and things to the shop and of course I had to add some of my trademark bunting lol! I got the little letters from Ebay and raided my other houses from some sweet patchwork cushions I had.

I decided to put my lovely wicker chair by Wendy in as the colour just looked so right in there!

The screen started out as barewood which I painted in a nice pink. I then cut small bits of card for each section and the covered them with fabric. I am really pleased with it so much nicer than just painted although it took me hours to do!! 

I had corner unit  that wasn't very exciting and it was quite awkward to fill so I used lots of different fabrics from my stash to make a unit full of fabric bolts. The effect is much prettier than just a few odd things on the shelves. I also added a little basket of remnants for making patchwork.

I already had the barewood unit I bought it a while ago as I liked the style so I painted and distressed that just to add another colour to break up all the pinkness!

I also used the unit on the wall to display all  my lovely crosstitch cushions by June. Marie is running the shop and looks greats in her new bunny jumper!

I picked up the teas set in the Sue Ryder shop for £2.99 in the sale and I think its now nice and full and much more my kind of shop!!

I had a little change around on the ground floor china dept. Just added some more stock I don't think I can get much more in lol!

The large blue display plate was in a 20p box from the DH shop!

Bethany of course had to make new signs I was sad to lose the Wishes and Dishes name but the shops work much better this way so Quayside Homestores is its new name!

 I have also bought a few odd things here and there over the past few weeks. I got a lovely white wire hall stand which I have put in the shabby chic shop. I had a little change around around after much to-ing and fro-ing I finally managed to work it in.

You can now see the lovely cushions I bought from Gill as they were hidden at the back before which was a shame as they are so pretty! The little house was from Ebay I just liked the colour.

I think it looks much better although it still amazes me just how much you can fit into these little shops.

Not much change in the cafe just a new blue light fitting as I stole the brass one that was in there for the pub!!

The pub has a few more items to fill it up. I also got a nice big ship for the window.

And no pub would be complete without some crisps, nuts and pork scratchings ( I love them!! but they are so bad for your teeth lol!!)

A couple more glasses, a toby jug and some tankards which match the pumps.

Whenever I go to the DH shop I always try and get one WOW item. Its the item thats a bit of a treat, maybe a little more expensive but the thing you just fall in love with!! When I went a few weeks ago it was 2 little jars one of spiced oranges and one of pickled peppers. They were £3.50 each but I just couldn't resist them!

I also got a few more things from Ebay to fill the shelves. The biscuits, dog food and dog treats were all 99p from the same seller and are very nicely made.

I now have 2 girls working in the shop as I spotted 2 matching aprons for £1 each in the DH shop and thought it would make a good uniform. Becky is serving today and Beth is tidying the shelves.

My WOW item from last weeks visit was a little toast rack with a heart on the top which I thought would look nice in the B & B at £4.25 it wasn't overly expensive and really does look perfect in place.

Barnacle cottage needed new signs as I changed the shop. Bethany goes a bit mad as she she has done this one about 5 times cos I keep changing it!

And last but not least I managed to find a funky green light for the hairdressers. It was the grand sum of 99p on Ebay and it came all the way from china but it matches perfectly!

I hope you have enjoyed my Quayside update things are constantly changing even I wonder sometimes how I keep up lol!! xxxxx

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Anyone for a pint????

Things have been nice and busy in Quayside with the new owners getting the new pub open for business. They wanted to open as soon as possible not wanting to miss the summer (if we ever get any) season!

My Dad who has a DH pub himself is up visiting so he got roped into the refurbishment! We had a great day sat around the kitchen table making things yesterday.

So here we have the latest addition to Quayside The Captains Rest pub!!

Outside my lovely daughter made my signage and we added some white fairy lights, an old brass lamp and the butt bucket filled with sand as there's no smoking allowed inside nowadays! We went with the name the Captains Rest as I had a spare sign made by Julie Lawton and it suited it perfectly!

Next was the bar. It started out as a base of an old bed as it made perfectly spaced shelving! I gave that a coat of paint and he added the unit underneath. I printed the bottle graphics from Google as it would cost a fortune to fill them straight away so that will take time but I think it gives the impression they are nice and full. He then made the bar from my lovely B & Q wood stash! It was then waxed along with the stools.

The barrels I picked up in the DH shop and I added the leather tops so now they are nice little bar stools.

My Dad gave me the lovely bench seat which was surplus from his own pub so the layout was based around that as I really loved it! He also contributed the little table with it. I made the cushions so the customers are nice are comfy!

Next came all the finishing touches. A couple of shelves to display some seafaring items, the curtain which matches the seats, the time at the bar bell and the treasure map on the wall. Most of these items cam from Fiddly bits miniatures who have a great range of nautical themed items.

I am so pleased with it! It was the one thing the village was missing and even in such a limited space I think it has everything you need for a good local pub! Denzil can vouch for the beer hes a regular already!!!