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KCL Friday Finds

Happy weekend and welcome to another Friday Finds here at KCL! I don't know about you guys, but we have actually been able to use our heater this week. I'm so excited that sweater weather is finally here! It's time to cozy up with some hot cocoa and watch my favorite scary movies. My husband and I love Halloween, and we love to relax at home with a good movie or show. Several new scary shows are streaming as of today, so we will definitely be staying in and watching Netflix. Whether you're staying in or going out, enjoy your weekend, and enjoy these incredible seasonal picks. Happy shopping!


At AfterHours Decals & More they carry gifts and home goods like candles and personalized wedding gifts, but with Halloween coming up, I really wanted to share their seasonal Autumn-themed decor with you. Among my favorites are their Halloween door decals (pictured above) and their set of witch pun Halloween stemless wine glasses.


I prefer the ready-made set, but if you're…

How Good Are Your DIY Skills?

If you have an interest in interior design and home décor, it’s a good idea to learn a few basic DIY skills. Apart from the satisfaction of knowing you don’t have to rely on someone else for simple fixes around the home, if you know how to use some standard tools you can easily undertake some of your own design projects. If you enjoy browsing through the clever ideas on design websites and wish you could try some of them for yourself, with a sound grasp of the fundamentals of DIY, you could have a go at any number of exciting projects around your home.

Knowing how to use tools

When it comes to tools, for most you have a choice between manual and power tools. Manual tools are simple to use, you don’t need to worry about a power source, and you can’t usually do too much damage with them. They do require more physical effort and a job will take longer, but you might prefer the hands on feeling of being in precise control of every turn of a screwdriver for example. Power tools make a job quicker and involve less physical effort, although you do need to be able to manage the weight. Take a trip to your local hardware store and try out different types of tools, to see which you find easier to handle, and get some advice from the staff on which tools will be best for what you want to do. Once you’ve purchased your tools, have some practice sessions to get used to the feel of them and how to use them properly before embarking on any actual projects. If you need some help with technique, you should find some good examples of how to guides on the Internet, or you might want to consider taking an evening class in basic DIY skills to give you more confidence.

Starting work on your projects

Once you’ve become accustomed to using your new tools, you can start work on your first project. It’s best to start with an idea that someone else has tested out first, so go back to the design websites and choose a simple project that appeals to you. Read through the instructions to make sure you understand what is required, and if you have any queries, check the information with another source. For example, if your project instructions require you to cut sections of piping, check online for a guide on the best way to cut PVC pipe. Be careful and methodical in your approach, following the instructions precisely and taking time with each step. If something goes wrong, don’t worry – another search of the Internet will show you how to fix any errors.

When you’ve completed your first DIY project, you’ll feel relieved, and probably a bit tired! You will also feel a sense of achievement, and happiness that you’ve accomplished something you might not have thought you were capable of. Now you’ve made a start, the sky’s the limit!

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