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, 18 June 2013

New sweetie shop and Babs expands!

Its been a busy weekend in Quayside! We didn't go to the van so I took advantage and had some fun in the village! As you know I moved the quilt shop into the new Barn so that left the little pink shop empty. I couldn't help but think it would make a great sweet shop! I tried the counters to see it they fitted and they did, quite nicely!

Bethany of course made the sign which were not the easiest! I could not get them right! I got the size wrong then the colour then the outline and after about 3 reprints and far too much wasted paper we finally got there! I love them they look so pretty, the writing is like swirly bits of candy!

Bert is very happy with his new little shop! He needs a bit more stock and some little extra details but its looking ok so far!

He has lots of samples of his homemade sweets for the customers to try!

I bought these little boxes of sweets from Ebay ages ago and they are so cute! the little sugar mice are fab!

Moving the sweet shop meant that Rose Cottage was now empty again. Poor Rose its been about 5 different businesses it just doesn't seem to have found its identity! I had an idea to move Babs Boutique from the bottom of Butterfly Cottage as it was very crowded in there you couldn't really see anything. I also had lots more bags and stock to easily fill 2 floors. The signs were reprinted but I kept the colour as its nice and bright!

We now hove clothes on the upper floor and bags, shoes and accessories downstairs.

I don't even know how it all fitted before in now its spread it!

The Bratz bags are still such fun they are like mini real life funky bags!

The shoes were a good find on a 50p Barbie doll at a boot sale!

I picked this little stand up from the doll house shop a while ago. It was only £1.75 and I was sure I would find a use for it somewhere! Its now a shoes display along with the chair another bargain find from the DH shop which has been waiting for the right home!

I love these Barbie shoes which were from Ebay in America. They weren't the cheapest of buys but they just looked so like the type of shoe a vintage clothes shop would have!

John looks like hes hiding behind the counter, maybe she's a fussy customer lol!

Trying a new hat for style!

The upstairs is the clothing department. I was going to have the floors the other way round but it didn't fit because of the stairs!

The wall rack has all the jackets and tops and the circular stand has the dresses. Again these are all Bratz items.

I needed a bigger fitting room so I made this one from bits of wood and the remains of a 50p cushion cover I used for the village hall curtains. The lips light was a lip gloss I found in the forest when walking the dogs! I cleaned it out and added an LED bulb and it made a great wall light!

Now I have an empty floor in Butterfly Cottage which will be a tea room. I have the café but this will be a proper old fashioned tearoom. It will be called the China Cup and have a blue and white china theme! I have already managed to find some tables and chairs by swapping a few things around and I have the spare counters from the sweet shop so I should be able to do this one on a budget!

I also came to decision over the weekend about my Manor house. My lovely friend Audrey was going to buy it from me but when the thought of it actually not being there anymore started to sink in I really got a bit upset! I don't know where it came from I really thought I was ok with it going but when it became real the thought of not having it anymore was awful. For now I decided to hang onto it as selling it just doesn't feel right! I feel awful for letting my friend down but I guess I was much more attached to it that I convinced myself I was! It was my very first house and has all my first purchases inside and without it there would be no village so I guess it will always be special!


  1. I like the Candy shop. It's a shop for me because I love sweets.
    Greetings, Faby

    1. Hi Faby, Just wanted to say thank you so much for always taking the time to make a nice comment on my blog I really appreciate it! xx

  2. Both shops are great. What did you fill your lolly jars with? I'd like to "borrow" your idea to make more to add to my Mum's shop that I made for her. IndyPoppy

    1. Thanks for your nice comments!! :-) The sweetie jars were super easy and great fun to do! I bought a job lots of 1ml glass jars and some fimo canes both from Ebay (they come from china!) Just cut the canes into little chunks with a craft knife and pop then in the jars! Then voila lots of different jars of sweets :-)