Madame Alexander clothing sets, a word of caution!!!!!

I’ve seen a lot of posts recently about the Madame Alexander clothing sets that turned up at many Tuesday Morning locations over the past few weeks.  I have to admit that I looked at these myself, but I passed as the quality didn’t look as good as previous Madame Alexander items.  Well, I’m sure glad I did!!  Xyra over at Tea Time For Melody Q had a not so great experience with one of the outfits she purchased.  You can read about it here.

This is a good time just to remind everyone, that when it comes to doll clothing, not all products are created equal!  Some doll manufacturers use cheap fabrics that are not color fast and will come off on your dolls!  This is especially an issue with bright colors and in particular red, navy, black and purple.   I’m not saying to avoid buying completely from other lines or individuals, but just know that there is always that possibility.  American Girl has always guaranteed colorfast products in their line, and I’ve left many an outfit on a doll for an extended period of time and not had an issue, but as we can see from Xyra’s experience, it can happen VERY quickly!

Why American Girl…Why???????????

I had a few minutes today to actually do something fun, and I was super excited to see the new releases.  I even had stuff in my cart ready to order.  Except I can’t.  American Girl’s recent revamping of their website has left me (as well as others) unable to access my account!  I got the e-mail about updating my password, and I did exactly what they said, but all I get when I try to log in is an error message.  A quick check of their Facebook page tells me I’m not alone.  Ugh.  When I voiced my concerns on Twitter, the response was to call the 800 number.  I waited 10 minutes on the phone and hung up.  This is ridiculous.

My question is–what company in their right mind does a major upgrade on their website at the same time they are about to release a bunch of new product?  Just when I think that they are finally headed in the right direction, they go and do this hair-brained move.  Not only are people having issues with getting into accounts, but there are many products that are in this release that you can’t even order!  What is with that?!?!?!?!?!

Unbelievable.  American Girl, you continually perplex me with your ridiculous business model.  Get with the program, it’s 2017 and other companies are running circles around you.  (Insert disgusted face here)

UPDATE: This just gets worse.  I had to call twice to finally get through to someone.  They couldn’t find me in their computer.  Seriously??  They put me on hold, then came back to tell me they’d sent me a new access code.  It didn’t work, so I requested another and another.  Third time was the charm.  Everything seemed to be fine.  Except when I went back out to the main screen, I’d had a name change.  I’m apparently no longer Flo, I’m now SHANNON?!?!?! (Click on image below to see for yourself.  I assure you, that is a screen shot from my laptop.)


A Cool Little Stove

I’m a regular shopper at Zulily, and every so often in the toys, they show this toy stove that looks like it would be the right size for 18 inch dolls.  Unfortunately, there are a few drawbacks.  First, up until just recently, Zulily didn’t accept returns, so if it didn’t work, I’d still be stuck with it.  And the colors weren’t always great, either red which wouldn’t have been horrible, or bright yellow with red accents.  It looked like something you’d find in a kitchen at clown school!  So I just passed on it and figured it wasn’t meant to be.

I was strolling through my nearby Tuesday Morning when I spotted something interesting on the shelves–a little stove.  Not just any stove, but the same stove I kept seeing on Zulily, but in much more reasonable and realistic colors.  I got the okay to take it out of the box to check and was happy to see it was the right size for 18 inch dolls.  The price was great too, $14.99.  Of course, it came home with me!

Here is Ryan beside it so you can see just how awesome it is size-wise.  The knobs and buttons are a little big, but not completely ridiculous.  It is designed for kids and not dolls after all.  I was impressed when I opened the door on it that the racks in it were adjustable.

Another shot of Ryan with the oven for size comparison.  (And yes, in case you don’t follow me on Instagram, he has been re-named.  I just wasn’t fond of Logan, and since he is going to be Jenny’s brother, I thought Ryan Bradley sounded way better!)

When you press the different buttons, it sets the “timer” and it counts down with sound effects.  Very cute!  Each button sets it for a different amount of time too.  The knobs at the top make a clicking noise too, but don’t really do anything.  The stovetop is simply stickers for two burners.

This is my favorite part–when you hit the start button, not only does the timer start counting down, but there is a light that comes on to make it look like the oven is working!

And once it’s done, it makes a “ding” and the light shuts out.  Very well done, I can see kids having a blast with this little toy!

I’m currently planning on using this as part of the bakery.  I think it will be perfect for little trays of cookies, don’t you?  I haven’t found any other appliances online from this company besides a dishwasher and it unfortunately didn’t match–plus it was around $30!  I would love to find a refrigerator that matched it, but I’ve had no luck from this company.  I will be keeping my eyes peeled.  I love the black and stainless steel look on this piece, very in trend with today’s modern kitchens.  It’s very tempting now to make a kitchen around it using some of the ideas I’ve seen online.