A new year

It's a typical 1st day of the new year. Foggy, gray and chilly. Some snowflakes fell earlier and gladly the snow gives a bit of light. The days are short, dark and you get tired easily. 

When I was a kid, I often heard the elderly talk about how you should make the first day of the new year a good one. No fuss, no late morning, being nice and happy, because the first day of the new year would reflect on the whole new year. So, hope that your 1st January has been a wonderful day. I do not know if there is any truth to this, but better be safe than sorry. I wish you the best for 2018!

Head and other stuff
Well, my first post in 2018 will be presenting the new head I bought from Dollmore. I was, in the beginning, not so keen on just buying a head but after many years of thinking I felt that I would give it a try. And it was a perfect way to upgrade my doll. 

At first I thought that I should just buy a wig and some new clothes for my Narshas, but I put a head in that order too. A couple of weeks in waiting and tracking turned into a couple of months. 

They did not have the head, Narsha Zihu, in stock so they let me know that they could contact the designer and ask her to make a new one. But then the wait would be longer. I did not mind. The head and the other stuff I ordered did not come to my birthday as I first had planned, but the wait was worth it. 

Easy peasy.
The head is beautiful and easy to use as it is with a face plate. I do not need to take of the whole head, if I want to work with it - face up, change eyes and so on. I'm pleased. 

Head in place, with eyes and wig.
With a face up and new clothes
"Oh, stop!"
At the moment the head is borrowing Esther's body. A new face needs a new name and that has been an issue for me since the head arrived. But after some thinking I decided for Esmé. 

An artsy photo from Christmas Eve.
It originates from old French language and means "beloved one". It is related to the French name Aimee and to the concept of esteem. It was originally a boys’ name, exported from France to Scotland, via a member of the royal family. Esmé came to be used in Scotland in the 16th century as the name of 1st Duke of Lennox (1542-1583). Until mid-twentieth century it was a masculine name, but slowly become a feminine name.

So, this is Esmé. And she is so cute!


  1. Hi Niina!
    Congratulations on your new arrival, Esmé suits her perfectly. You were so good to do her face up so quickly. I have a Zihu too and she is impatiently waiting for her face up.

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to a fabulous new year ahead. :)

    1. Hello!
      Thank you! I am really glad that I finally found a name for her. I had a list and nothing really suited, until I threw away this list and started all over.
      Hope that you find some time to give your Zihu a face up. I wanted to give Esmé a new face when I had the flow.
      The holidays were lovely, spent it with my family. Looking forward to a hopefully wonderful new year!

  2. I'm glad the head was worth waiting for. Esmé is really pretty! I like her. :)

    My grandfather had also a tradition. He was in new year eve's sauna with grandma and granny was talking a lot and such. Afterwards he was saying to grandma that hohohoo he will not be bitten by mosquitoes during next summer. If you talk in new year eve's sauna you'll be bitten by mosquitoes next summer. ;) Bless them, they're both past already few years ago but remembering those things are so special.

    My first day was nice, so I hope that'll reflect for the rest of the year. :) Happy new year Niina, may it be a wonderful year for you!


    1. She really was worth waiting for, even if it felt as a very loooong time. And thanks, she is likable! <3

      My dad has his traditions - no bags on the floor! My mum (may she rest in peace) often said that bread should not be up-side-down. My mother-in-law says that no laundry/clothes should hang on dry during the night between New Years Eve and first day of the new year! So these traditions really can keep you busy. But it is, as you wrote, a lovely way to remember they who has left us. It brings a smile and warmth to the soul.

      Good to hear that you had a nice day and may it reflect on the new year, every day! Happy 2018!

  3. Esme is indeed very cute! I love the face up you gave her. I always look at this sculpt and think she'd make a great younger version of my MYD Hee-ah.

    Hope you had a really great first day of the year! Sadly, mine was just as busy as Christmas day as in-laws decided to throw a lunch to celebrate the New Year. So no rest for me!

    1. Thank you! And yes, she really has similar features as the Hee-ah from My Dolling. I like the Hee-ah a lot and have had her in mind for a time. Would be great to own one, one day.

      My first day of the year was a calm and nice day. I do hope it reflects on the coming days - so far, so good! Hope that all your days this new year will be good, but not too busy! :D

  4. Happy New Year Nina, I hope 2018 is a good one for you! And yes, better to be safe than sorry :)
    Your new girl is lovely, I do like the Dollmore doll sculpts and Narsha in particular as she was my first bjd, Zihu is really nice and so is the name you've chosen for her. I didn't know that Esme was once a boys name!
    Hugs Sharon x

    1. Happy New Year, Sharon! I wish you the best for 2018!
      Narsha is my first bjd too! The sculpts and the size is just perfect,
      could not be better.
      Neither did I know about Esmé being a boys name in the beginning.
      You learn something new every day! I read about the name and the history, it is interesting!

  5. She is gorgeous, congrats on getting her and I'm glad to read that the wait was worth it!! :D
    I wish you the best for this year!!

    1. Thank you so much, Musume! The wait is always worth it even if it can be a little frustrating at times. :D
      Hope that your new year has started well!


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