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Aug 24, 2012 7:43 AM CST
|wedding tulle makes a great cage cover for rabbits who are bothered by mosquitos, too. So sad to see a helpless baby rabbit with 2 or 3 mosquitos under its nose and the rabbit has not way to swat away the mosquito. A double layer of tulle draped over their cages can get baby rabbits through a bad mosquito infestation.|
Aug 24, 2012 8:15 AM CST
|Great idea! |
During really bad mosquito and gnat years we've also used it as a head drape under a hat while gardening and mowing....keeps the little monsters off the face, and out of the eyes!
Aug 24, 2012 5:13 PM CST
|The skeets seem to be attracted to the CO2 coming out of the rabbits noses. Sometimes they look like little "Hitler's" (not a good image for pacifistic rabbits) with their mosquito mustaches.|
Yeah me too, a drape of tulle over my head and sometimes I stick a red rose over my ear just for effect. After-all, I do not intend ever to be a bride again!
I bought blue and aqua for the rab cages.
Aug 24, 2012 5:42 PM CST
| Too funny! I bet I have some of the same...is it patterned, or solids? |
I bought some on sale that had abstract flowers and curlicues...thought it would blend in nicely in the garden. It did.
Aug 25, 2012 11:42 AM CST
|That material might go by a different name. |
I'm don't know much about fabric except that if it has holes of the right size and the weight is minimal, it works great in the garden.
Aug 26, 2012 7:28 AM CST
|I did find some printed tulle at Fabric.com. This is a blue florial. There also was one with stars.|
They don't even mention 'mosquito netting' as one of the uses!
Aug 26, 2012 7:52 AM CST
|Imagine that. |
I'd much rather cover up with this stuff than bug spray.
Aug 26, 2012 10:09 AM CST
|Im reading Thomas Hardy Far From the Madding Crowd (orig. pub. 1874). Bathsheba Everdene is going to work with the bees so she appears with netting tucked under her bonnet. Military guy insists on helping her---so she puts the bonnet with netting on him.|
I think netting was here before pesticides--a much more rational way to go about it.
Aug 26, 2012 4:56 PM CST
|Gloria, I love the way your mind makes those kinds of connections. Reading Thomas Hardy again! Sometimes I do that too and I get lots of ideas, especially from Mark Twain Recently I was trying to find what 'recipe' he'd used for the white wash for the fence. He wouldn't have ordered the ingredients online, that's for sure. |
This is a great article/idea, Chelle. I'll bet yards and yards of tulle will be sold this year just because of your article. Thanks for sharing such a clever idea.
Aug 26, 2012 5:42 PM CST
Did you find his recipe? I, too, always wondered what he used.
Buttermilk, lime and a splash of linseed oil, maybe?
Aug 26, 2012 6:06 PM CST
|I couldn't find it, but buttermilk and something, that's all I know. |
But in the middle of the mid west, and that many years ago, it would be hard to say
And I'm not sure of the oil either, but I'm still looking. Something makes me think he used ash and possibly animal fat, but that's just my own thinking, nothing for sure.
Like I said, I'm still looking.
Aug 26, 2012 6:11 PM CST
|Eggwhite, maybe. |
I'm not chemically minded enough to know what combos will create the carbonate that makes it permanent and sort of antiseptic.
Aug 26, 2012 6:53 PM CST
|That was my biggest question, too, the permanence; what made it stay on the fence long enough to make it worthwhile. I'm thinking that the oil might have drawn it into the wood. |
Egg whites is an interesting idea. Do I recall correctly that there was a certain odor involved in his painting project? It seems that there would have been with either buttermilk or eggs involved.
Aug 26, 2012 6:57 PM CST
|It's some chemical reaction that makes it permanent. Some combination of things that create a chemical reaction that provides stability. I'll see what I can find. |
Aug 26, 2012 7:02 PM CST
|Carbonatation. That's the word I couldn't remember. |
Anyway, here's a pretty good history of whitewash: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...
But here is an excellent article, and it says to start with lime:
It even includes a photo of Tom Sawyer. My hero!!
And now we know.
Aug 26, 2012 7:32 PM CST
|That has several interesting recipes. |
I got caught up in one of those chemical reactions pages... ...still interesting, but not nearly as easy to read.
Aug 26, 2012 7:33 PM CST
Aug 27, 2012 8:04 AM CST
|I once researched historic whitewash because it was used routinely on outbuildings on the plantations and historic town houses here in Alabama. (I was curator of a historic property here). traditionally even the White House in Washington was whitewashed every few years. The recipe I found was essentially the limewash as given in your homestead link. Another finish for old wooden buildings was copper sulfate mixed with motor oil or sometimes linseed oil. This creates a dark greenish stain--preserves wood, but used motor oil is a pretty serious carcinogen.|
Aug 27, 2012 9:54 AM CST
|We're very fond of the dark green here, although ours is just regular paint. |
All of these vintage recipes and ideas are so interesting to me. I'm jotting them down in my favorite homesteading book, just in case my son ever wants to look 'em up and ponder over them.