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, 5 July 2012

Churchyards and patios!

I decided to make a start on my churchyard yesterday I was supposed to be waiting for it to arrive 1st but as impatient as ever I wanted to get on with it!!

I had a couple of bits of wood my OH have bought home from work even he has began to pick up that things that might be useful for me lol!! I think there were doors of some kind but were exactly the right width for the church corner. He took one back and got a technician to cut one to fill the gap which is 7 inches which just just so happens to the size of the church! It will sit on that piece and the rest will become the churchyard.

I began by making a corner path so it matches in with the other houses. Made from air-drying clay the same, and as soon its dry I will paint it to match. Really pleased how that turned out for a first attempt!

Next I made a couple of headstones also from airdrying clay and will paint them too look like stone. I decided just to go with one name and not too much detail as it would of been so small you couldn't of read them and its just a bit of fun!

I then made the graves with some small wood strips and some vinyl flooring for the bases filled with a little gravel. I need the wood covering which I will to today prob with a bit more of the clay. They will be finished of with some flowers and a bit of foliage around them. My OH loves these lol I think he has a bit of a dark side!!!

Next was the fencing. I couldn't decide whether to go with wall, fence or railing for the perimeter of the church yard! In the end I liked the look of the railings, they felt a little bit Gothic, so I have glued them onto some wood bases. I will cover the wood and glued area with polyfilla so it will be a wall base with the railing in top. Now I just need to rememeber where the polyfilla is!!!!

Here is is in the corner so you will start to see how it will look when finished.

I need to wait for the church to arrive so I can see where the porch will sit and I will then make a gravel path coming from that to the entrance with grassed areas either side. I just need a church bell and a couple of DHE stone benches for either side of the porch.

I can't wait to see how it will look when the church arrives which hopefully will be tomorrow :-)

When I was sorting out my bits of wood I found  a piece that was the exact width of The Porthole so I decided to make a little patio area at the front where guests can sit in the seaside air! It was perfect as the B & B is just a bit smaller than Seashell so it fills the gap and ties the 2 in together. there is a little gate on the left hand side where Maddie can get through to her cottage and I have left the right side open so they can get down to the church.

I made the fence around the outside and then covered the floorspace with some gravel that I have bought for the churchyard path. There is loads of it so thought I might make use of it. Ideally I think I would have liked a lighter colour but there really isn't much point buying a whole other bag for such a small area so I will live with it! you can see the white glue drying underneath lol that will dry clear so you won't see it!!


  1. Everything looks perfect Paula. Can't wait to see the church in it's place. Well done.

  2. I can't wait to see the church and that little patio set is adorable!

    Marisa :)

  3. Constructive criticsm, coloured gravel may have been better, you can get really small stuff for fishtanks, smaller than what you have here and coloured would`ve lightened the whole thing up a bit, same goes for the graves as well. Designer clash! But otherwise fab!

  4. It is fish tank gravel from Pets at home did you not read the posts lol! and I bought this colour for the pathway outside the church and just used for the other things as I had loads of it left over!

  5. It all looks great Paula, very authentic! I may have to deprive my fish of a handful of gravel, it looks like it's a very useful product!