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, 22 August 2013

The village gets new houses!

Gosh I have so much to tell you I don't know where to start lol! Its been such a lovely summer and its been so nice having family around and although I have still had time to play with the village there wasn't so much time to tell you all about it so this is a bit of a catch up and hoping there's nothing I miss!!

First up is a new addition! Ocean View Cottage! Not a purchase though it has a bit of a story attached! As you know I bought Lobster from my friend Deb and to make room for it I had to sadly sell one of my other houses. I decided to sell the pink shop (formerly Rose Cottage) not because I didn't like it, it was just the only one that didn't really have a proper identity in the village. I had changed it so many times nothing ever seemed quite right for it!

I had it on Ebay and when another good friend Carol said she quite fancied it. She had a lovely little cottage called Sea Shanty and suggested we swapped. We just paid the postage at our own end to send them and we each got a new house! I must admit I dithered for about an hour and then thought why not! The only thing holding me back was I was supposed to be selling it to pay for Lobster....oh well!!  As it happens I am soooooo glad I did go for it. It arrived safely on Tuesday and it is the cutest little cottage ever...in fact wondering how I missed it first time round lol

It has a brick effect finish and a lovely stable door which I have always hankered after! It has 3 floors which is a real bonus and I love the little staircase! I am so chuffed to bits with it and I am really grateful to Carol suggesting it in the first place!

Its a tiny bit shallower than my other houses, its about the same depth as Porthole. That actually works really well as it sits in the corner and means the doors opens up much better than a bigger one would!

Its a fantastic addition to the village it really is I just love it to bits!!

Now I had to decide what was going in it! This actually really stressed me out for a couple of days cos I had that and lobster and couldn't decide what to have where!! In the end I went with the nursery shop on the first floor. This looks much nicer in a smaller space than in Lobster or the new Rose where I tried it in both!

Still loving my little knitted dolly from Ebay!

This pram was also Ebay and is one of my favourite minis!

I love that the new house has a little attic room! In here I decided to go with the day care/crèche

There's no school in the village the nearest one is in the big town 5 miles away, so there's a little day care centre that runs an after school club and holiday cover.

A cute teddy bed with one of Debs gorgeous patchworks for anyone who needs a nap! It did have a lamp when it arrived but I have swapped it for a wall light as it was getting in my way!

I still have  a whole floor to fill downstairs so been thinking up some ideas. I may go with a home wares type shop something like CK with pretty co-ordinated items. That way I can make a feature of the fireplace. It has a lovely window at the back which I need to put a light behind and the stairs are so cute!

Next is Lobster which has also arrived safely! I have to say opening the box I was terrified lol its a big house and could so easily have got wrecked on its journey! Luckily it was a bit of repair to the chimney and that was all....big phew all round!

Again really glad I went with my gut that was telling me (screaming at me) I had to have it! Its a lovely big property and I really like how it adds a different aspect to the street.

It has a lovely outside space for which I am just waiting on a table and chair. I also have the scooters for hire here and have just asked Detta to make me a surfer dude who will be in charge of the hires! They are a little bit small for 1/12 scale but they look ok. I had to make a quick bike rack as they are friction powered and kept driving off!

I moved Bestys tea room into the bottom but it wasn't quite big enough for the pine tables and chairs and the kitchen units! I found the oven in Luigis which was nice and small and a cheap sink from ebay although is has cute baskets and looks really good! I also have some white wire tables and chairs coming as they are much smaller!

Babs has moved into the two upper floors. This took me an age to decide as I really wanted the doctors in here! But Babs needs quite a big space and it just fitted better.

Theres clothes on the first floor..........

...and shoes, bags and accessories in the attic!

Its really is a lovely big building and so glad its now part of Quayside!

I had a little move around and moved the pub up to fit the new cottage in.

It works better as I have now put the tables on the plaza rather that out the front as I had to keep moving them which drove me mad! I did buy the awning to go at the side of Lobster but it was too wide so used it here so as not to waste it! At least Ernie won't get wet when it rains.

Last but not least was the doctors surgery that needed a home! I thought that might work in Rose cottage so I gave it a try!

It actually fitted perfectly and meant the reception and surgery could be separate which is much better for the patients than the partition wall!

Nurse Mags has had a promotion and is now out from behind the deck and assisting in the surgery!

This means a new job opportunity has arisen and a new receptionist has been ordered! This is a fun cottage there loads more details I can add to it so I will have to get my creative cap on! I have also bought some matching paint so I can add a couple of false doors made from lolly sticks! Its such a cute cottage I am so glad it now has a purpose!

Still not filled the new pink shop!

I got a nice unit from the DH shop and feel it does sort of scream jewellery displays at me so that might be an idea!

Of course as a new house went in that meant one had to come out!! This was an incredibly hard decision!! I was not prepared to sell anymore I couldn't part with them so I had to think of another use. I have my little Christmas shop but I really wanted to make a whole house as I seem to have so much stuff! I had been scouring Ebay and then thought about using one I had so I didn't have to part with it!

I had to decide which house would best suit the purpose. After lots of too-ing and fro-ing I decided that Butterfly cottage was the one that had the most Victorian style and would lend itself to a Christmas theme. I have some lovely fir green paint to redo the windows and doors I just have to have the nerve to start it! I hate changing them I am always terrified I will spoil them!

Everything inside will be red and green and it will be Christmas overload lol!

Still with me??? I'm not done yet!!

I ordered some toilets from china a few weeks ago and they finally arrived today! Everyone kept telling me they were too posh lol but I didn't listen and got them anyway! I am really pleased and love my posh bogs!!

Edna doesn't look quite so thrilled! I am!!! this is one of the best ideas I ever had for the village and Julie made an amazing job of them I just smile every time I see them!!

Almost done!! Just had to take this picture as its just a cute scene! I had a couple of hippy dolls and thought they would look sweet sitting on the old beach! Of course he needed a guitar and prob should have been a wooden one but they are always a bit chunky and not very real looking. I got this one on Ebay for £1.50 and its so cute!!! I will eventually add a few more details, maybe a little fire or bbq and a picnic but for now they are just enjoying the sun and the peace!

That's it!!! Big thanks if you stayed with me I know there was a lot to read! I promise to update a bit more often now the summer is coming to an end! :-)

There was a reason I have been so busy in the village over the summer! I was trying to fill it as much as possible and make it the best I could for the DHMS mag lady coming in Sept. Sadly she cancelled this week and have to say I was really disappointed :-( I have spent so much time and money getting it ready and could prob have spread it out much more had I not had that deadline in my mind. Never mind it may happen another time but it didn't stop me feeling really deflated for a day or too! Onwards and upwards though and don't regret for a second having all the lovely new addition's!


  1. Your village just gets better and better, I love it :)

  2. I love your posh toilets too :D.

  3. You have been very busy in your village. I like your new choices. The toilets work well.

  4. Love the new additions Paula and the way you change and swap buildings around to accommodate the new ones. Sorry to hear DHMS cancelled, hope they return so everyone can see your lovely Quayside... Kindest Regards Number 1 Fan

  5. I love it all Paula! Shame about the DHMS person, very disappointing, I was so looking forward to the article and telling people that I know you! (Well I feel that I do anyway...)

  6. Wow! It's all fantastic, your village never ceases to amaze me!

  7. Wow, love all the new changes. The new building fits in perfectly.I've spent ages again, looking inside some of them, I have to ration myself to three or four at a time or I'd be here all day! I'll be back soon! Gill x

  8. Thank you all so much for the lovely comments it really does make my day when I read such nice things! I really appreciate you all taking the time to stop and let me know what you think. THANK YOU! :-) xxx