Could this be the sweetest craft project ever? I have been longing to make it since I came across it in a vintage craft book a few months ago, but I will probably never get around to it, so I'm sharing the pictures here instead!
It is a zip-up tree-trunk dormouse house.
Inside there is a little family of dormice living happily. The pattern includes instructions for everything, including 'Home Sweet Home' sampler, plaited rug, log basket, toasting fork, toadstools, snails, window boxes , mugs of cocoa, toast and lots of other mini delights.
The book is called 'Favourite Toys' by Jean Greenhowe. If anybody is clever enough to have a go at making this gorgeous house I would love to see it! Did you know that 'dormouse' comes from the Latin word 'dormir' - to sleep, as they can sleep happily throughout the winter in their own snug nest built into a hollow tree, just like this one. I wish I was a dormouse living in this cosy house with my family and my mug of cocoa!