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 :-)

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


  1. Your shops look fantastic and the new additions do make a difference.

  2. Hi Paula, I absolutely enjoyed every pictures, the quilt is adorable and so's the shops!!! Your daughter is quite talented with the signs. I haven't done much in my mini world lately, and now I'm packaging everything up cuz we are moving to a new house, gosh you just don't know how much stuff you have until you're moving,huh?!! I can't wait to get it all out of the boxes again.

  3. Wow you have been busy! So glad you like the quilt. I don't know how you keep coming up with so many ideas for Quayside and I have to say I absolutely love them all!

  4. Hi Paula, love your shops especially the china dept. and shabby chic one.