The Makings of a Miniature Project or How Ms. Peggie’s Place differs from Home Depot

Have you been to Home Depot? If you are doing a home improvement project on your life sized home, this chain is the place to go for pretty much all of your needs. Starting from the bottom up, Home Depot is a veritable wonderland of flooring and carpets, linoleum and tiles, baseboards, moldings, and wall coverings. They can fill your every desire for kitchen appliances, plumbing fittings, ceiling fans, lamps…well, the list goes on and on.

Now, the interesting thing is that Ms. Peggie’s Place has all this and more. We can help you with the outfitting of your miniatures project in almost every way that Home Depot can help you with your real home and, in fact, when you take into consideration that our inventory is typically 12:1 smaller per item than theirs, we probably carry more of a selection as well. Home Depot is a fine place, but why go there and wish for something on a small scale when you can come here and find it ready for your final touch?

The big box store has a huge lumberyard and so do we, but ours is compact so you can cover virtual miles in minutes.

lumber for miniatures

Our lumberyard

We’ve got a snappy selection of wallcoverings, and no heavy books to lift!

miniature wallcoverings


miniature dollhouse wallpaper

There’s often a box of remnants

We’ve got tools to make the job easier!

dollhouse tools

Assortment of tools

dollhouse glue

Glues and adhesives

We also have lots of stuff that the people at the local home improvement center could only dream about. How about beautiful houseplants that don’t wilt and never require watering?

dollhouse plants

Plants and Shrubs

And furniture! Have you ever seen a sofa or kitchen table at Home Depot? Nope, but you can find plenty at Ms. Peggie’s Place, along with chairs, beds, desks…anything and everything to make a house a home. And when you want a break from the practical items in life, we have enough food to knock your socks off!

miniature cake


We hope to see you soon!

Michael Sue Nanos, Proprietor

How to Shingle Your House

I have had the honor of working with some very talented folks, so I’m giving credit where credit is due. Ben, the retired engineer who builds houses to shell stage for me, came up with this great way to apply shingles:

1. Make exact templates of the existing roof out of brown paper bags.

2. Apply your shingles with wood glue directly to the paper. (Remember, paper is made from wood and wood glue will form an excellent bond.) Be certain that you leave a “hang over” on the sides and the bottom edges (not the top). The really cool thing is that when it is all dry, you just flip the panel over and trim off any uneven edges, or make the angle cuts all at the same time. (Use a sharp X-ACTO blade and a cork back metal ruler or a jigsaw.) It’s a perfect method. It’s fast, you can work on it flat instead of vertically and you have a perfect fit.

3. Apply your shingled panels to the roof with wood glue or wallpaper paste (Yes! glue).

Now for John’s part in this. John is my private student and I sometimes have him help with my projects to learn a new skill. I asked him to glue the panels onto the house and to weight them for a good bond (please see Sue’s House on my web page). He used wallpaper paste and then  applied blue painters tape where he could. To this he attached weights to both ends of a wire and hung the wire over the roof ridge. Brilliant!

Now, tips from me:

1. Manufacturers tell you to dip your shingles in dye and let them dry on newspaper. Newspaper will wick a lot of the dye off. You may have to do this many times. I suggest that you brush your dye on your shingles after you have applied them to the roof. You’ll only need to do it once. Much, much faster!

2. Remember to paint the underside of the eaves and the roof edges before you shingle, so there will be no chance of getting paint on your shingles. Take care to avoid getting glue on shingles, as glue won’t accept dye.

3. Cheap weights can be made from fabric and fish tank gravel. Make small pillow cases from the fabric and fill with the gravel, sewing up the open end. These are a must for any workshop. Ready-made weights can be bought at diving gear shops.


Welcome to the Ms Peggie’s Place blog! Each monthly posting showcases a different aspect of the miniatures world. This month our focus is on people and their food.

We have a wide variety of little people for those who enjoy accessorizing their dollhouses, room boxes and projects with 1:12 scale folks.  We carry the household line of resin figures as well as an ever changing array of porcelain, handcrafted, plastic and one of a kind dolls.  Since we accept consignments we occasionally receive antique figures as well.  We are happy to special order, too.  We also have dolls of specialized scales – just ask.

Little people need food and ours is divine!  You will quite literally find everything from soup to nuts in our food department.  If your preference is vegetarian we have a nice assortment of loose veggies, same as you will find at a farmer’s market.  You can assemble these in any way you choose.  If your preference is for the already made, just take a look at our tossed salads. They are beautifully crafted and ready to serve.

You want proteins?  We’ve got ‘em.  You’ll find roast turkey, ham, salmon, and sausage and eggs for breakfast.  Special food arrangements are also here. We have lox and bagel platters, Asian take-out, pies and cakes galore, all kinds of beverages, and both kid and adult tidbits to go with them.  There is so much here that you will just have to come in to take a look and because our inventory is constantly changing, there is always something new and unexpected to be seen.

We will be exhibiting at the 40th Annual Miniature Show & Sale at the Al Bahr Shrine Center, 5440 Kearny Mesa Rd., San Diego 92111 on Saturday, February 1 from 10-5 and Sunday, February 2 from 11-4. Please stop by to say hello.

We’ll look forward to seeing you!

Michael Sue Nanos, Proprietor