Introducing Saila…

I must admit I’ve been feeling pretty rough lately. First a gastro bug wiped me out for 2 days last week…then strep throat early this week… and now a cold… I guess you aren’t immune to sickness when you live up in the north!  I think finally I’m on the mend…but that’s why there’s been a lack of ‘exciting’ posts from me lately. Now I don’t want to linger and be all down in the fact I’ve been sick…I  have been known to whine when I’m sick.. so before that happens…let’s move on to the other  thing that I wanted to share today…

Anyone who knows me knows I love dolls… I still have my six (yes, six) cabbage patch dolls(honestly one is my younger bro’s but he let me keep it-but don’t worry I think when he has a baby someday it will return to his house!)…I still have my Barbies, which were the “Heart Family” (and my mum’s Barbies)…and a few other ‘special’ dolls from when I grew up.  These have become a joke with my brothers–that if/when I have kids… my kids will just get to play with my rejected cherished toys! (they are still at my mum’s house..but have spent a few years in a cousin’s basement but went back to my mum’s during the summer of ’10).  Let’s just say watching Toy Story 3 made me think about my box of toys that I boxed up… and have left behind! Yup, I might also be a candidate for a ‘hoarding’ show.. or my secret collections… but let’s not go there!

Ok, so where was I? Today my friend Deb sent me an email with the new Maplelea Girl.  Have you heard of this company? I hadn’t before today… so let me tell you something from my limited knowledge!  These dolls are a lot like the “American Girl” dolls, except they aren’t ‘historical’ figures.  Instead the woman whose idea it was to create this line of dolls wanted it to be representative of the current lives of Canadian young girls… There’s a story that goes along with the original four dolls—they “met” at a summer camp and then went home to their various Canadian cities… the dolls come with a journal which gives you lots of explanation about the part of the country that they come from!  Each girl has a different interests, wardrobes and props you can get for them…But all the props/clothing fit each individual doll… so you can mix and match!  The thing that got me really excited was the newest member of the gang!  Her name is Saila…from Iqaluit, Nunavut! The story of how she came to be can be found HERE. (don’t worry I’ll let you go look and then you can come back!)

…isn’t she pretty AMAZING? You can read more about Salia HERE.  Oh and look at this… she can also come with an Amauti and don’t forget her Pang hat!  Oh and you can get a husky and a pup for her too!

The little girl in me really wants this. Heck who am I kidding? the WOMAN in me wants this… Perhaps I’ll have to write a letter to Santa? I’ve been a good girl… Mum? Gramma? what do you think??

I think the thing that makes me appreciate this so much is that it looks pretty well done, not gimmicky… I’ve heard the quality in the other dolls is really good and the fact that some of the ‘accessories’ the parka and the hat are both made in Nunavut. The hat is made here in Pang… just like mine!

My gramma also loves dolls…still has a ‘baby carriage’ full of them at her house…so if my gramma can have that at her age… that SOOOO means I can have one right? I love the logic in that!

I could always say at some point I would ‘share’ my doll if I had a daughter*…but in all reality I’d probably end up keeping mine for myself, and end up getting her get her own doll!

The other new thing with me is that I’m going to be moving at some point in the next 2 weeks…my housing situation was only “temporary” until a 2Bedroom unit became available…I applied for a ‘swap’ and it was now I just need to get some boxes and re-pack, and get my things to the new house!  Not 100% sure of the details yet…  WhenI’m settled I’m sure I’ll finally give you a proper post about my new home–because this one I haven’t really unpacked or made it ‘homey’..because I knew it was ‘temporary’!

*FYI: there is no daughter in the works here for me… just at some point in the future…like maybe 5-10years?

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9 thoughts on “Introducing Saila…

  1. Judi Robinson

    I say treat yourself and get that doll, who dictates what we can and should do, besides dolls are pretty darn cool!

  2. Kathryn Morton

    Hi Sarah, Thanks for the great write-up on your blog! It was a lot of hard, but fun, work to create Saila and so it is wonderful to hear that she is being enthusiastically welcomed. All the best, Kathryn Morton, President and owner, Maplelea Girls

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