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, 29 October 2013

New improved Crabpot cafe

We had a lovely week at the van last week sadly our last break of the year as its now too dark and too cold so this weekend it will be shut down for the winter. Always a bit of a sad time we do miss our trips to the seaside....roll on Easter!

Not much fun at home either as our boiler is broken so no heating or hot water and still no Sky tv!! Its a good excuse to be doing DH things instead though :-)

I have moved all the café interior into its new home. I wasn't sure the blue was just a tiny bit bright, but I like the colour so much I have decided to keep it. All it needs now is a new sign!

As I had a bit more space I added the server unit on the left with some scones and goodies!

The red aga was stolen from Forget me not cottage so now I need to get another one!

Jocelyn looks very pleased with her new working environment!

By moving everything out of the old café that left it empty ready for the new Post Office to open! I have just pooped a few bits in there for now but I think it will work quite well. The counter I made and the unit is a thimble stand which I need to fill with lots of parcels and letters. I imagine it to look like the mail room in the movie The Grinch lol.

I finally decided the pink market cart has been empty long enough! I had such fun making the straw hat I bought lots of straw to make some more. These lovely ones are a few I bought from Kat the Hat lady to start me off! They were a great price and I love all the different styles. The felt ones are from the DH shop and think were mostly free as the lady there just pops them in my bag and they are never on the receipt! They all need decorated and I have a nice stash of ribbons and trims at the ready so that will be a fun job when I get round to it!

I have had a bit of a move around! As I bought Pumpkin cottage I decided to add a shelf upstairs and put that along with my little original witchy shop displayed on it. I was still really tight for space as taking that out still didn't give me enough room to add the new café as it was so much bigger. I didn't really want to extend the shelf much more as it would come over the light switch and I just felt it would look too much. In the end we decided a small curved shelf at the end on either side would give me a little bit more space without really making it look much different!

It has actually worked really well! Its really given the shelf a finished look and added a bit more room than I expected!

I have a space!! Yay just enough room for one more little property!

You can see in the pic what I mean about the light switch! I could have gone a teeny bit further with a slightly longer shelf but I really like how the curved ones look!

I had to juggle the big houses around a bit as Lobster was a bit too tall and was in the way of the bracket. I moved that into the middle although it had to lose its chimney pots! I actually really like the new layout it makes it look more villagey with the different shapes and sizes!

I also moved Sea Shanty Cottage out of the corner as it was the only house on that side with a lifting roof. It was really awkward to access where it was so now its at the opposite end and I can get into it and start on the homewares shop on the ground floor!

I did get a quick trip to the dolls house shop on Tuesday when we picked Bethany up from the airport. It was my last chance til next year as its a good 2 hours from the house but only 45 mins from the van!

I really didn't need much just a few odds and ends. I was pleased to get some more of the tiny furniture for the dolls house shop! I hadn't spent much money which was just as well lol but then I blew the budget! I treated myself to a Hearth and Home aga for the homewares shop. I have been lusting after it for a long time and I got it for the bargain price of £30! I didn't think I would ever be able to afford one so I am chuffed to bits with it. I love how the doors open and it has lovely shiny hotplates that also lift up!


Now I really must get my witchy café done its almost Halloween and I am running out of time!


  1. Love it, I really will need to come for a viewing :)

  2. I like your fantastic collection.
    Greetings, Faby

  3. Woohoo another space to fill, what's it going to be I wonder :).