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, 30 May 2013

New grocery shop and ice cream parlour

I have had a little empty blue shop for ages and had numerous ideas that never seemed quite right for it. I really wanted to move the grocery shop as it was hidden away in the bottom of Barnacle cottage. I have never moved it to Upper Quayside as the ice cream counter was too deep so wouldn't fit. After a good bit of thinking tonight I had an idea to move the ice cream counter somewhere else that way the grocery shop would fit! I was wandering where on earth it would go and then had an idea!! I had the conservatory which was just a spare seating are for the café. I could move the counter in there and make a little ice cream shop. Its not uncommon in Cornwall to have a little café with an takeaway ice shop at the side so it would work perfectly!

The counter fitted just right. I had to take the back off which meant taking the light off and regluing it but that was fine. I do have lots of nice little scratches up my arm from squeezing my hand through the door to get everything placed right though. I have to confess at the air being a very slight shade of blue every time I knocked a sundae off! In the end they all came right out and got glued on the tray, they wont be going anywhere now!! There are 2 little chairs and some posters on the wall just to finish it off.

Really pleased with it as the counter is one of my very first miniature items that Lindsay bought for me many years ago, so its nice to show it off a bit better. I love the Oreo cookie sundae I could so eat that right now!!

Now I could move the grocery store, Quayside all you need, into Ocean Cottage! Its a bit of a squeeze but it all fitted! Navid and Meena (my Scots friends will know who they are!) are busy in the shop! A customer has filled their shopping basket but have just nipped out the cash machine!

There are some fab things in here. The little teacakes and Campbells soups my good friend Karen bought me and I love the little trays of chops in the fridge

Of course there had to be a nice brightly coloured door curtain!

Moving the shop out meant Barnacle cottage's ground floor was now empty! This was my cunning plan all along lol. The fisherman has now moved out of Anchor Cottage and into his new ground floor flat! All his things fitted perfect. I even found space for the little Miele cooker I have been dying to find a home for!

I also made use of a nice Glenowen shelf unit that's been looking for the right home!

He has a pan of beans and a cooked breakfast on the go. You can just about see the lights on the top and it makes a noise its very cool lol!

All this moving around means I now have a little empty cottage! This is perfect as when my new Nan and Grandad dolls arrive this will be their new home. I will fill it with things I remember from their real home. It wont be an exact copy just lots of things I remember like the candlewick style bedspread and floral sofa they had. It will be a real trip down memory lane and it will be so much fun looking for the perfect items to fill it!

My last bit of news is an idea for another project which is not connected to the village! I have seen the film UP a few times and can't get the idea of it making a fab Doll house out of my mind Julie, Quaysides premier property developer says she can make me a house which would be so much better than my other option of a Greenleaf kit! Just the thought of all those pieces is enough to make me shudder with fear!! I just need to sell the Manor house now lol so I have the funds for all these ideas I keep having!! I really need to sleep at night instead of keep thinking about new ideas for dolls houses!!!!


  1. This is absoloutey wonderful paula! The ice cream stand looks great in the conservatory!
    And love how you've set out the new shop... It reminds me of this Italian American grocery shop that I walk past in York :)

    The fisherman looks at home in his new place and I love it! :D

    My first time commenting on your blog, sorry I hadn't before! I'll still comment on everything again once it's up on the forum lol, you know me :)

  2. An excellent solution having the icecream bar in the conservatory. It looks so summery and tempting! The shop looks great too and I look forward to seeing the joint 'Up' project. :-)

  3. I like the icecream bar in the conservatory. Very original.
    Bye, Faby

  4. Love your little icecream shop in the conservatory, just the perfect place for it. The grocery shop is fantastic too, love the dolls and all the tiny packaging, did you make them yourself?