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 :-)

Friday, 14 March 2014

Sea view 2!

I still have lots to update in Quayside but in this post I will update you on my new found love for vintage dolls houses!

As you know I got my little Ivy cottage just after Christmas, well I have had so much fun filling it with lovely things! I have mainly stuck to the Barton items made from wood so there is a theme to it all! I have also fallen in love with the little Halfpenny dolls. made in Devon in the 70's. They are super cute and I was lucky enough to get a job lot on Ebay this weekend.

The kitchen is now nice and full. Busy Mum with one of her 5 children! No wonder she is so slim!

My lovely friend Celia sent me lots of nice pieces of furniture and some of it went straight into the house but some was a bit too past it sadly! One of those things was a dresser that was missing its top and its handles and was very grubby! I decided to chop it in half and turn it into wall units. I repainted it, gave it new handles and cup hooks. I think it looks fab and makes the kitchen look so much fuller!

The family have visitors Uncle Hector his wife Hetty and their two children Harriet and Harry!

A new Dad in his favourite chair!

I moved the children's room across the hall as the pink colour matched the room better. Lots has been added in here!

The bunk beds I already had I just bought the ladder. The gorgeous little Dol Toi cot at the back which the side drops down on is one of my favourite things

The new Sister Tina came from America and she has a new pink cot for her dollies! My lovely friend Jean sent me the gorgeous knitted jacket on the door and the baby bath was part of a nursery set she kindly sent me.

A new telephone and plant table in the hall..

This room still needs lots of things added. Not so easy to find bits and bobs for the adults!

Next up is a new project, new with a vintage twist!! I am sure many of you will be familiar with Caroline Hamiltons Dolls house book. Its my most favourite book and I have read it many times! This bungalow (pictures taken from her book) Seaview was always one of my favourites!

When Julie put a copy of it on Ebay I wanted it so bad but I really couldn't afford it! So she very kindly offered to let me have one in its bare form which would be cheaper so I could work on it as and when I could afford too! It arrived yesterday and its so wonderful. You know straight away what house its suppose to be and that's before I have done anything to it!!!

I got a couple of little vintage German Dolls on Ebay as they looked quite similar to the dolls in the original house, but mostly as they are 1/12 scale which is perfect for this house!

This is the rest of my Halfpenny job lot. I managed to make up 2 more families!

I seem to have a bit of a thing for dolls lately!! This little girl was for the village I just thought she was cute and she has lovely hair!


  1. You have filled that house up with lots of good stuff. It's so much fun hunting for the right pieces. Your project house is so cute. It has great bones!

  2. Hi Laura
    I am totally loving your new interest in all things vintage. And you still manage to add your own magical touches - the kitchen really turned out well.
    I often see the Triang houses on eBay and think about getting one. I love the painted detail on the exterior and windows.
    Have this weekend with it...
    Simon x