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Why buy when you can DIY? That’s the mantra I live by everyday. Here are a few of my favorite handmade crafts, and I’m sharing them with all with you!

Red Velvet Mocha

For the last week, I’ve been thinking of DIY/Tutorial ideas perfect for both Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year. The one thing the two occasions have in common was the color Red. So there I was, taking the last sip of my morning coffee when it hit me.

I Try DIY | Red Velvet Mocha

RED. VELVET. COFFEE.

Here’s the recipe I came up with!

I Try DIY | Red Velvet Mocha

You’ll need the following ingredients:

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Milk, Vanilla or Caramel syrup, Red food coloring, and coffee!

I’ve been using Torani and Da Vinci syrups, but pretty much any syrup will work.

I Try DIY | Red Velvet Mocha

I started off with a heaping teaspoon of cocoa, two pumps of syrup and red food coloring.

I Try DIY | Red Velvet Mocha

I added two shots of espresso, and stirred thoroughly.

I Try DIY | Red Velvet Mocha

I steamed some milk until was rich and creamy, and poured it into the espresso mixture.

Play around with the ingredient measurements until you get the combination that works best for you.

I Try DIY | Red Velvet Mocha

And for a fun and quirky finish, I scooped some frothy milk foam and made a heart!




Painting with Tita Mikko

When this little one asked if she could come over to my condo, I couldn’t say no. She’s quite the crafty one, so I knew we were in for an afternoon of activities. So after an hour of Dance Central, I thought it would be best to attack some paint.

I Try DIY | Painting with Tita Mikko

I wanted to teach her something new, so I was hoping to try out some blow painting. Instead of bringing out just the brushes, I took out some paper straws, too.

I Try DIY | Painting with Tita Mikko

I started dipping the straws in various colors.

I Try DIY | Painting with Tita Mikko

Then blew some streaks in whichever direction.

I Try DIY | Painting with Tita Mikko

I made a few sheets using different methods I had accidentally discovered: dripping, bubble bursting, splattering and streaking.

I Try DIY | Painting with Tita Mikko

So quick. So fun. So easy!

I Try DIY | Painting with Tita Mikko

Realizing that maybe abstract art wasn’t her thing, this is what she ended up making!

I Try DIY | Painting with Tita Mikko

Hey, Tita Mikko isn’t complaining!

I Try DIY | Painting with Tita Mikko