Archive for January, 2016

I have recently declared myself Maplelea’s biggest fan.  I have all 7 characters and a Maplelea Friend doll, and a whole bunch of outfits.  My American Girl dolls love having these Canadian friends, but for the most part, these 2 groups do not share clothes in my house.  They just don’t have a need to.  The American Girls have their clothes, and the Maplelea girls have their clothes.  The end.

But I realize that there are other people who want their doll clothes to fit their entire dolly family, so I thought it might be a nice time to have the American Girl dolls try on the Maplelea outfits, and share my results.  It will take me a while to get through all the outfits, but here’s a start.  Let’s start with the smallest Maplelea collection (so far), that of the newest Maplelea character Charlsea.


This first photo shows McKenna in the outfit Charlsea comes in (sadly not available without the purchase of a Charlsea doll), Chrissa in Charlsea’s Sea Otter Sleepwear, and Lea in the wetsuit from Charlsea’s West Coast Waterwear. These 3 outfits fit wonderfully, including Charlsea’s pink rainboots! The Maplelea feet are entirely different from American Girl feet, so most of the time when the shoes do fit, they still look silly. But the pink rainboots work really well. McKenna is not wearing Charlsea’s tights, because I didn’t want them to stretch out, but they will probably fit fine too because they’re stretchy.

Let’s put in a photo of Lea in Charlsea’s kayak, because that definitely fits dolls of many sizes.

mt erie 053//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

I didn’t have anyone try on Charlsea’s two-piece swimsuit that comes in the set with the wetsuit, but it’s stretchy, so will fit fine.

Let’s move on to the other 2 outfits not in that first photo: Charlsea’s snowsuit called Weekend at Whistler and Charlsea’s fun outfit called Gulf Island Stylin. Well, they’re not pictured because they don’t fit. Both outfits come with pants with a slim fit, and Maplelea legs are significantly thinner than AG legs. So both pairs of pants are a no-go on American Girl dolls.

Here’s McKenna trying to put on the Gulf Island Stylin pants:

and the snow pants from Weekend at Whistler:

She also tried on the jacket from Weekend at Whistler, and the sleeves didn’t quite fit:

but the jacket still looks pretty cute on McKenna:

And that’s all for the Charlsea outfits I had last week when I took these photos! This week I got Charlsea’s newest dress called Granville Island Groovy (and last weekend I went to Granville Island…if the outfit had arrived earlier Charlsea totally would have accompanied me, but it didn’t, so she didn’t!) Anyway, it’s a simple shift dress made with a stretch knit, so it will fit a wide variety of dolls. The outfit’s flip flops are another story. I’ll get you a photo of this dress eventually, probably the next time I go to Granville Island!


I think I’ll close with photos of Charlsea’s outfits on Maplelea dolls, because what’s a post about Maplelea without some Maplelea faces?

Taryn in Gulf Island Stylin:

and Charlsea’s swimsuit:

and Charlsea’s pajamas:
charlsea's first photos 009//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Portia in Weekend at Whistler:
charlsea's first photos 010//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

and Charlsea wearing her wetsuit backwards:
charlsea's first photos 013//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Read Full Post »

A review of my 2015

Remember when I gave you a glimpse of my iPhone camera roll, thus giving a glimpse of my life?  I’m gonna do it again!  Here’s the link for the first post, which covers my 2015 up through Memorial Day weekend.

June 12-14, another pageant


June 16-22, I went to Austria!

iphone photos 2015 234//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

June 26, sprinkler fun with friends

iphone photos 2015 258//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

July 1, Birthday in Disneyland!

iphone photos 2015 270//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

July 18-20, NYC with Rebecca


July 26-August 3, last minute trip to Disney World!

iphone photos 2015 360//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

August 6, a coworker’s wedding

iphone photos 2015 362//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

August 15-21, Newfoundland with Leonie


August 27, Maryellen’s debut


September 4, Evergreen State Fair


September 4, Charlsea arrives


September 11, another new dolly


September 24, a trip to the Kitsap Peninsula


September 26-Oct 2, Disney World with Maryellen


October 10-12, Toronto with Alexi

toronto 018//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

October 15, last day of construction at my apartment (first day was end of July!)


October 20, lunch in Seattle


October 24-26, Hawaii with Kailey


October 29, Ikea!


November 1, Charlsea’s Cowichan sweater arrives


November 4, my Disney pass expires


November 17-23, a trip to Denmark and Sweden


November 30, Christmas tree goes up


December 2, a musical about Newfoundland!


December 9, dollies celebrate Chanukah


December 19-20, road trip to Leavenworth, WA

leavenworth 041//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

December 23, last day of work before Christmas


December 25, Christmas!


December 29-31, last minute getaway to Phoenix


2015 was awesome, and I wonder what 2016 will hold.


Read Full Post »