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, 22 April 2013

Going back to the start! - Rose Cottage revamp!

Seems an age ago I got my first little pink shop, the shabby chic shop, and I have always fancied a bigger one but I have really only bought small ones since then, apart from some second hand ones which wouldn't have suited the colour! Yesterday I was l looking at Rose cottage and wondering what to do with it! I thought right back to when I first started my village and how I really wanted to make a sweet shop. I made a lovely counter full of sweets but its been hidden away at the back of the grocery store. This led me to thinking about shops in Newquay where I spent many happy times when my parents lived there. I remembered a shop called the Sugar Shack which sold every kind of sweet you could imagine. Its the place that first introduced me the wonderful Jelly Belly jelly beans!! I decided that would be my inspiration for the new sweet shop!

But there was a slight problem! The colour! I liked the dark rose colour but it really wasn't right for the new shop so after much deliberating about whether I would ruin it by repainting it I decided I would take a chance and do it!! Of course as soon as I did I realised I had no pink paint! I had a small pot of the one used for the shabby chic shop but there wouldn't have been enough! I found some white and some really bright pink that Scarlett gave me and mixed up my own batch! It turned out to be the perfect colour of candyfloss pink I was hoping for!

I was very good and really took my time to make sure it was a really neat job! I removed the acetates and all was fine until I got to the round windows and wondered how on earth I would do those! Luckily the frame on the inside came out quite easily allowing the acetate to be taken out and therefore ended up a much neater job!

This is how it looked before, perfectly fine and I will kind of miss the old Rose Cottage........

And here is the new revamped version!

Its funny how different it looks it seems to have changed the whole look of the building!

Bethany of course made my signs under much protest last night but this time I was not giving up!!

I have to say I am really pleased with it and so glad I decided to take a chance repainting it. The colour is really pretty and you can't help but notice it as you walk through the village!

Not much to show you on the inside yet although I did give it a fresh coat of paint. After I emptied it there were so many blue tac and tacky wax marks left from previous projects I decided to start again and make all nice and clean and new!

 I have moved Edwardo into the attic as working outside was becoming too difficult as he needed more space! He needs a smaller sink covered in paint and lots of jars with brushes etc and maybe some company so watch this space!! :-)

I couldn't decide what to put upstairs and again thinking way back I remembered the Cornish gift shop down in Newquay called Cornish Goodies. It was a few doors down from my Mum and Dads toy shop and I was always in there lol!  When I got my very first cottages my Mum and I made a similar style gift shop and I loved it and over time it got mixed into other projects so I will use this floor to bring it back!

Of course on the ground floor will be the Sugar Shack sweet shop. I have ordered a nice set of barewood shop furniture from Maple Street and plan to paint them all in different pastel colours so until that arrives I have just put the sweets as they are from Navids shop for now.

I actually made this unit I had forgotten all about it lol it will be nice to show off the sweets better as there are some really fab ones!  I have an idea to make a Jelly Belly display which will mean making hundreds of Beans so that will be fun!! (NOT!?)

I also found a nice pink and white door curtain thats been waiting for a new home and it fits perfectly in here!

I also have to tell you about a visitor I had to the village on Saturday as I know she reads my blog lol! I have been in email contact with a lovely lady called Audrey who wanted to buy my Franklin Mint Christmas house. The weather has been so bad it was the first weekend she has been able to come over to pick it up. We have been emailing back and forth and she is now well and truly hooked on Dolls Houses! She also bought Primrose Cottage from me. I was very sad to sell that but however I tried I couldn't fit it into the village! When I bought the apartments they fitted just right and I decided then I would have to lose one to get one that was right and sadly that was Primrose. I know she will treasure it and she has already bought another one of Julies little cottages to go with it so we may even have new village in the making lol! She is also in the process for building a tudor house for which she has bought some wonderful items so I am trying to persuade to start a blog so everyone can see!! It was so nice to show off my village in the flesh and even better to chat dolls houses with a real person lol! I must also give a quick mention that another lady who reads my blog was all set to come over on holiday from the Netherlands for the Xmas house as she desperately wanted it and I was sorry to have to let her down as I had already promised it to Audrey. I really hope one day she manages to find another one!


  1. The new colour is gorgeous and perfect for the sweet shop, and i love the name! It looks a totally different house now, not like Rose Cottage at all! Love the idea of the sweetie shop, will be so gorgeous and colourful.

  2. I agree, Rose Cottage looks so different now and just perfect for a sweetie shop. I have been trying to decide on what to do with Magpies and Jenny Wrens, was going to do Jenny Wrens as a hairdressers but had a thought a couple of days ago that it would look nice as an icecream/sweet shop instead.

    Looks like you have started another person with the dolls house addiction, do you think she would be interested in Waterside Way, lol ;)?

  3. How different it looks! The colour almost made me salivate and imagine the taste of fairy floss. :D

    I wonder how many Julie villages are springing up around the place now?

  4. awww Im sorry you lost your Dollhouse but it looks like it
    s gone to a wonderful home and a lovely new owner who will love it like you do :) and the pink color really does make it pop!

    Marisa :)

  5. A very different look with new colors. Perfect for this shop.
    Bye, Faby