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3/6/2013 8:49:00 AM
She's a builder of miniature homes
Courtesy PhotoNancy Moneglia shows off one of her hand-crafted dollhouses.
Courtesy Photo
Nancy Moneglia shows off one of her hand-crafted dollhouses.

Diane DeHamer
Feature Writer

Dollhouses were invented in Germany in the 17th Century. Today, these miniature abodes continue to amaze and intrigue people.

Nancy Moneglia, who moved from California with her husband Joe to Paulden about 12 years ago, is one of those people who is inspired by dollhouses.

"About seven years ago I went to a dollhouse show in Phoenix, and I was hooked," said Nancy.

Since then, she has built several dollhouses in different styles - a Victorian, a country farm house, and an adobe Southwestern-style house.

"Each house is made of wood. I assemble them, and paint them inside and out. I buy carpet, wood flooring, and wallpaper, just like a regular home. I also make all the drapes, bedding, rugs, and pictures for the walls, and I do all the landscaping, such as picket fences, trees, shrubs, grass and flowers," Nancy said.

"In my Southwestern house, I had to stucco the inside and the outside, besides making all the doors and windows, which took me about three months. My big three-story Victorian house has taken me three years just to do the inside, and I still have one more room to finish," she added.

Nancy will be going to her next dollhouse show in Phoenix this month to get more décor for her creations.

"This is not a cheap hobby. I just paid $300 for a couch and two little chairs, and $50 for a vase, for a couple of my houses," admitted Nancy.

"These houses are more of a collectors' item, and not the kind children play with," she said.

A few of Nancy's dollhouses are for sale (not the Victorian) and run from $500 to $800 each.

Building and decorating these dollhouses is very pleasurable for Nancy.

"Working on these houses relaxes me and gives me a good feeling of satisfaction when I complete something on them," Nancy said.

"I like doing this because I enjoy decorating and creating, and it's like building a real house from the bottom up."

Nancy can be reached at 928-583-0470.

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