Pomelos

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Our grandson, Elijah, is not sure about these huge fruits – a little scary for him!

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I went to Lowes to purchase a grapefruit tree some years back, but all they had in small, 2-gallon pots were pomelos. The tag said it was like a grapefruit so I decided to give it a try. Turned out to be an extremely vigorous tree, producing huge fruits that were way too heavy for the small tree in the very first year!

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The pomelo is a very ancient citrus from which grapefruit has come. It has a milder, less acid flavor that we love. We found that by removing the top press-handle from our Krups juicer it can easily be used for any size citrus. We freeze the juice in pint containers for year round enjoyment.

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Sophie likes to climb up into the tree sometimes. That soft grass is winter rye which I sow every fall when it starts getting cool, usually in late November.

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Elijah is still a little uncertain about these big balls, even though his mother, Charity, is telling him it’s okay. ūüôā

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Our tree is about 7 years from planting now and is producing more fruit every year. Pomelo leaves are much larger than those on a grapefruit tree. It’s attractive and eye-catching with its shiny green leaves and gargantuan fruits. I highly recommend a pomelo tree for both beauty and sweetness!

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Two in One Pouch

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I made the Two in One pouch by Sotak Handmade for my oldest daughter’s birthday. ¬†It was my first real success in making a nifty bag. I added the brass birds charm because my daughter’s name is Phoebe and I used to call her Phee-bird when she was a baby.

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I used several pieces of Alexander Henry fabric from his Indochine Garden and Hosomichi Kanji collections. My daughter, Phoebe, is a big fan of Japanese animated movies, so I added some anime geisha fabric in the center.

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I used a narrow strip of Kanji in black for the bottom edge –

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and used Kanji in cream for the pocket interiors.

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Phoebe really likes it and finds it much better for storing her jewelry when traveling than plastic sandwich bags. A velcro tab holds the two zip pouches together at the top.

The pattern is¬†easy and fun, even for a beginner.¬†I was a little anxious doing it as I couldn’t understand how the instructions were going to turn out with something that worked, but I decided to just trust what was written and it came together perfectly. ūüôā

Zippy pouches and handbags¬†pose¬†very different challenges in construction than any of¬†the clothing I’ve sewn over the years. I love that you can make very personalized gifts with bags and accessories.