Thursday, March 27, 2014

Frodo Baggins

Our dear little friend  Kai is turning seven, and we decided to make him a hobbit.
I've been hoarding these gorgeous early 19th century buttons "Made in Czecho-Slovakia" for a special project. They would do any hobbit proud.  

Meet Mr. Baggins. Opinion is divided: is he Bilbo or Frodo? I say Bilbo, but Hugh made him a little magic ring out of gold wire, hung around his neck on a string, and declares him to be Frodo.

Body is slightly lumpy and disproportionate (haste, my natural state) so I made him a suit of clothes, tiny and rustic like a hobbit.

French Knots for hair

Hugh made Sting, the hobbit sword, and the Ring of power.

The cloak is made from my grandpa's WWII  military blankets. A GI-Joe messenger bag completes the outfit

Farewell, Bilbo, the road goes ever on and on!

I stuffed the extra leather string into Bilbo's bag. When our sweet little friend Kai opened the bag, he said, "Oh look! Elven rope!" 

Kai, you are precious. Bilbo is bound for wonderful adventures with you.


  1. He is just absolutely gorgeous. I too am naturally inclined to haste, and here you have demonstrated that even hasty can be awesome!

  2. Mary, that little hobbit, whoever he may be, is ABSOLUTELY adorable!! What an amazing gift, your craftiness is so inspiring!! And buttons made in Czecho-Slovakia are really very special :)

  3. This is the cutest thing I have seen in an age! It's absolutely everything a hobbit should be. Small, delightful, slightly imperfect, and made from home with love.

  4. This is so cute! I love it! Thank you for sharing your homemade hobbit, it is charming :)

  5. Mary, your so crafty! Teach me, PLEASE!!!!

  6. I just discovered your blog. It is beautiful. I especially love Bilbo Baggins. Well done. Your children are beautiful.