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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The beauty of the local hardware store

we love going to the local hardware store. You are in for a surprise everytime you go. And not forgetting it inspires us to make something new. From the old school coffeebags to screws and nuts and even the forgotten toy for a kid, it is like a genie lamp. Rub it and wish for something, you might just get it.

This is so bouncy (the last time we poked it) and looks like it is longing for an owner
look carefully and see what you can find
Enough said

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The bottled plants factory is open again!

thanks to a dear friend, we opened for business again! thanks, you know who you are! They are going for $40. height: Approximately 13cm. Base Diameter 6cm across. All in vintage food jars with metal levers. If you notice there is just one species of plants, that is because through our experiments, we have discovered that Fittonia thrives best, is colourful and requires minimal care, so that does it.

We do not believe in over-landscaping with unnecessary decorations. This is our idea of a rainforest.

The Amazing Expedit - IKEA

humptydump bought the by-now iconic IKEA EXPEDIT bookcase and is looking for inspiration. We welcome suggestions!

Lovely storage options from ClarissaJane
We think the crucial thing is the organisation

Friday, August 26, 2011

this is so infectious - Sophie Ellis Bextor x Spiller 'Groovejet'

This single by Spiller (vocals by the the ethereal Sophie Ellis Bextor) keeps ringing in our heads. We are dying from humming it.

More of the song statistics here

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Small Spaces need not be cold

just a small space, but so many ideas. rug settings, picture placement, absolutely divine...           Apartment Therapy

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

simple bathrooms

humptydump is in a dilemma. English or clean minimal lines? Please help.

Monday, August 22, 2011

humptydump gets inspired by collar necklaces

humptydump bought many vintage lace collars from Chinatown. Think this is the most dignified way to turn vintage into beautiful wearables. Inspiration from Bryndis

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Usually we do not do this...

humptydump made this especially for a lovely couple.

the sequins carefully sewn on for the bridal head-piece

The shy bride and the gleaming groom

hand-made beads lovingly sewn on around the collar

Thursday, August 11, 2011

CBIHatePerfume - a tribute to scent and the memories it triggers

'Imagine it's about 4 o'clock on a golden summer afternoon and you've been at the beach all day rubbing yourself with Coppertone suntan lotion –but Coppertone as it existed in the 60's, not quite as it is now... You walk into the surf as the waves break on the shore and, bending down to touch the surf, you notice the smell of your warm skin and of the salt water that seems so cold by comparison. It has just the faintest hint of watermelon rind!'- CBIHatePerfume
Very often, we smell something in the air that instantly brings to mind a distant past. Christopher Brosius, perfumer, might be the only person in the one who understands this phenomena. His 'accords' speak of 'burning leaves', the smell of mildew 'in the library' and even 'cellophane tape'. Used to retail at the Asylum and hope they will bring it back again.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

How do plants survive in a terrarium

We had friends asking us how on earth do plants survive without water and oxygen in enclosed terrariums. Through trial and error, we realised that as long as you place terrariums (also known as bottled plants) in natural light (not direct sunlight), they will continue to flourish. The selection of plants too, are important. Here's what we think works. Try it, or if you prefer a little help, get a kit from us today! It comes complete with everything you will need to be a budding gardener. 

Plant Type
We tried using the Polkadot plant, also known as hypoesthes (See pic above). They are easy to care for and comes in red and green. You can easily purchase a pot at S$5.00 at Cold Storage. Click this link for more species. Cactuses work only if you have an open-top terrarium.

For beginners, choose a bottle that has an opening that big enough for your fist to fit. This is so that  you can easily place the layers in. 

There are a few ways to do this. Layering is the most critical step towards a thriving terrarium. As there are no drainage holes in the enclosed container, there must be layers that draw water in and layers that fiter water away from the roots to prevent root-rot. See pic above for layers. Bottom layer: Charcoal reduces moisture and draws it away from the roots. Place soil and the plant into it. The soil would trap enough water for the plant to grow well. Thereafter add some pebbles/sand for condensation at the sides of the container to be drawn into the soil. Moss forms the top-most layer to draw moisture in too.

The Water Cycle in the terrarium
Many have asked us, 'Are you practising plant torture?' No we are not. The terrarium has its own micro-climate. In the day, the plant takes in carbon dioxide it has produced at night and makes food, resulting in the formation of oxygen and water droplets. The water droplets condense on the walls of the container and drips back into the soil, so no watering is necessary. The water in turns helps the plant to grow.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

A Tribute to Dandelions

Dandelions are such fragile and lovely creatures.
When we got one recently from a local supermarket, we wished it took its time to fade.

Humptydump has a strange feeling our bed will look like this. From Vinyltastic

Saturday, August 06, 2011

how to display your knick knacks

humptydump has so much junk. How can we display it more creatively? hello kitty, strawberry shortcake, starwars, drawings, you name it, we have it. Suddenly remembered The Selby and we feel so inspired again. 

Jake and Gen at The Selby
Whoever said that cactus have to sit on planters? The Selby
Whoever said  we can only display small pics in small spaces. The Selby
Displaying irregular objects. Gidon Bing from The Selby

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Humptydump goes to the LASALLE Arts Market!

We love each and every of our hand-made dolls, so much that we can't bear to part with them every time we complete one. Thank you to everyone who has adopted one/two/a few of our babies. The last we asked, all of them have found lovely owners, and that's great to hear.
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