If you are a Guardian reader you may know that in the Life & Style section there is a series entitled Buy of the Day where Kate Carter "recommends a little something to brighten up every day of the week".
Now if you are a proper 70's child and wore dungarees, stripy t-shirts and copious amounts of ric rac in your formative years you may have heard of Clothkits. It was a mail order business that sold clothing kits that did away with paper patterns - the cutting lines were already printed onto the fabric making it simple to create dresses, skirts and, of course, dungarees.
Clothkits was relaunched in 2008 and you can still buy the clothing kits but it also sells, amongst other things, bag and cushion kits, haberdashery items and fabric.
So waiting for me on my return from the Alps was this little lot:
plain cottons in orange, turquoise and purple; a patterned blue, purple and white; and a pink with orange dots.....all to be transformed into dresses, shirts and shorts which the gorgeous sunshine, which was also here on our return, requires.
You may have also noticed the turquoise trim at the top of the picture - here is a close up:
This is to adorn a cushion that will be part of the new children's/baby range for my etsy shop.
I'd better get sewing....