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, 5 February 2013

Cupcakes and more!

Been a busy few days in dollyland. I hate it when I get an idea though as when it comes to bedtime I just lay awake with all my ideas running through my head and I just cannot sleep!!! I got the little green shop a few weeks ago and have been trying to think of what to do with it but everytime I looked at it all I could see was a bakery! I had dismissed the idea as theres already one in Luigis but a friend of mine Chrissey is doing a cupcake shop and I thought if I did something along those lines it would be different enough to justify having 2 bakeries in Quayside!! So my plan is for this one to a more specialist kind of cake shop with cupcakes and occasion cakes of which I already had loads! I came up with the name ages ago and it has kind of stuck in my mind so I guess it was telling me something!!!

Bethany did my signs after much protest, it really is like trying to get blood out of a stone lol! It came with the pretty blinds so I left those and went wth the pink for the rest of the colour scheme. I added a little bucket and painted it pink and already had the flowers. And No Irene I really don't have the hugest stash, I don't think so anyway lol but I do always seem to have just the right things I need and anything else theres always the internet!! Maggie from the DH shop in Inverness def came to my rescue today as I knew she sold the counters I wanted for the shop so I phoned her and shes posting them to me tomorrow. I won't be up there for another 8 weeks and I couldn't wait that long!!!!

I thought I would show you some in progress photos as you can see everything better before I add the cake counters. Its very pink as you prob know from the shabby chic shop I do like a spot of pinkness!!!

The pictures were just printed from Google images and include a couple of posters and a flavours menu. Not sure if the white wire stand will stay but I will have something there with books and other things to buy.

I already had this unit which was barewood and it was just the right size and will match the counters I want. I painted it pink and distressed it a little and filled it with lovely cakes!

I wanted to have an area for the cake making process but the depth of the shop really didnt allow for anything too big at the back once the counters are in place, so I opted for small shelves made from cheap B & Q stripwood. The pink gingham light was from a lady on Facebook and is just perfect!!

I filled a row of sprinkles jars with tiny beads and fimo cane slices and made an area for decorating the cakes. The bowl of frosting was just one drop of red colouring with a blob of pollyfilla and some glue mixed in and it came out really well! As there is no room for an oven I added a false door with the door curtain which is the perfect colour and that leads of to the kicthen where the actual baking is done. I also made the bunting and just happened to have some cupcake fabric so had to use some of that!

I wanted to add some detail to the other side wall and went for a little breakfast bar so customers can stop and have a drink with their chosen cake! Again just bits of stripwood, bunting and a couple of accesories. I cut a couple of flowers from the door and popped them into a pretty jug, a menu card and a pink radio finishes it all off

This shop has the most amazing window and I had a lovely big wedding cake and some boxed cupcakes which made a nice display.

Still lots more to add but I hope you like it so far :-)

At Christmas I moved all the stock from the little witches shop into its new larger premises so this one has been sitting empty for a while! I was going to make it a book shop but never quite got the inspiration for it. So I decided to move all the stuff from the blue shop into it and turn it into an antiques/junk shop as they are often found in old church buildings that have seen better days so it suited the kind of grubby interior. It couldnt have a posh name though so now its Anything and everything! Its great to have somewhere to put all those odds and ends that have no where to go!!

And last up is the new butchers! Franks still in the process off setting up shop but hes had the signwriters in to stop the villagers gossiping about what its going to be. Although I do believe there were some raised eyebrows from the WI ladies but the hippies from Babs think its a great name :-)

I did do one other little project on Sunday morning. It wasnt planned it just sort of happened lol I had a doll that Scarlett gave me but her apron was a little grubby and I didn't really need another maid so I was wondering what to do with her. Before I knew it I'd pulled the thing of her head and taken off the apron, so much for thinking things through first!!

Her dress was much to long for her legs so I shortenend it at the waist which then hid the glue left behind from the apron. I added a little apron spare from one of my other dolls, then attached some keys with a bit of ribbon. I hid the glue on her head with some navy ribbon and a bit of lace and now shes a housekeeper. I'm really pleased, I think she looks much better :-)

Here she is hard at work checking the house is running as it shoul be!


  1. Ooooh i love the cupcake shop already! It's so pretty!

  2. I like your nice cupcake shop.
    With the new dress the doll is very nice.
    Bye Faby

  3. it's so cute and pink! I love it..I hope you get your counters soon :)


  4. Your cupcake shop is gorgeous! Definitely one of those things to put a smile on the face. :-D

  5. You've chosen great names for your properties and the little cakery is filling up nicely.

    I still think you've got the biggest stash I know of - ha ha!