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Hello, I’m Kati

Welcome to our house. It’s a little crazy with 2 small kids, a dog, a parakeet, a project in progress in every room, and something cooking in the kitchen, but it’s home.

This is my story of our fun, and a little crazy, DIY life. Join us as we DIY our way to a beautiful home on a budget!

Kati from Houseful of Handmade

I have a disease I like to refer to as the “I can make that” disease. When I see something I like, I instantly start figuring out how I can create it.

I have a measuring tape on my key chain and a sketchbook in my purse so I can document my inspiration wherever it happens.

I’ve always been a creative person, my mother was that creative mother before the internet and Pinterest. We always had handmade Halloween costumes, green pancakes for St. Patrick’s Day, and a month of activities leading up to Christmas.

I remember one year my mom got a jig saw for Mother’s Day, I didn’t know that wasn’t normal. Now I realize how she influenced my creativity so much.

I also have a love of cooking, and try to do it mostly from scratch. I desperately wanted to raise my kids with heathy eating habits and a love of new foods so I try to serve a home cooked meal almost every night of the week.

Of course, life happens and we get pizza or Chick-Fil-A, but my kids also love to eat zucchini noodles with pesto and kale salads so I consider that a win.

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My creative journey started in high school where I discovered a love for watercolor painting. Then I went to school for Fashion Design and fell in love with pattern making and fashion sketching. I was a seasoned seamstress because of the years I spent in 4H and learning to sew from, you guessed it, mom!

My love of fashion took me into retail where I spent years as a Regional Manager for a clothing company. I did enjoy my job, but I was spending my time managing not creating.

When we started our family, we made it a goal to work towards me being a stay-at-home mom and the summer before my little girl turned 2, we were able to take the plunge.

Now that I had “all that free time” being at home with the kids (believe me, I knew I wouldn’t have free time but everyone else must have thought I would be watching General Hospital and eating bonbons while the kids sat nicely reading books in my clean house because they kept asking what I had planned to fill up my days after I quit), I was able to start working on the things I so desperately wanted to do (like the remodel that was taking a decade to complete).

After I quit my job I turned to the internet to fuel my creativity. I had always wanted to learn how to use Illustrator and be able to create digitally, but until recently I was struggling to figure it out.

I took a Creative Live class by Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost and she changed by life! After a few hours, I was creating in Illustrator where I’d never been able to before, then after the course was completed, I was so inspired to jump into my creative journey and run head on into what might come next for me. So here I am!


Join me for this journey, I’m sure there will be lots of fun things to see, some laughs, probably some tears, and a lot of coffee since I seem to be avoiding sleep to get everything done!

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Alex Sal

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

Hi! Looking forward to making the double vanity you did. Question, what size and type of drawer slides did you use? Did you use the Kregg drawer slide jigs? Thanks!


Monday 20th of December 2021

I used ball bearing drawer slides that were 16" long. I didn't have the drawer slide jig when I built this vanity so I didn't use it, but it is very helpful and I use it on builds now.

Amie walker

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Quick question, I have a vanity seat that I need to make some legs for it. What kind of wood would be the strongest? It’s either going to be a step stool or a stool for sitting on but I don’t want it very short it’s harder for me to get up off of it. Thanks Amie walker

Kati Farrer

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

The way the legs are built is more important than the hardness of the wood you use.

Amie walker

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

THANK YOU!! What a wonderful place to get educated on the finer things like DIY and ‘I can make that’ syndrome lol


Friday 4th of June 2021

Hi ! Love your page and DIY projects I’m recently working on the playhouse build you have. Last thing I need to do is the roof . I saw a picture of your back yard and seen that you actually did indeed make a ladder for the playhouse do you mind telling me how you made it exactly so I can add it to the playhouse as well . Please and thank you .

-Joseph “Dad that loves to build things for the kids”


Monday 28th of June 2021

@Kati Farrer, hi thank you for replying . Do you have the angle you made the cuts at for the 2x6 to the playhouse and to the floor ?

Kati Farrer

Saturday 5th of June 2021

I built that wooden staircase with scrap 2x6 boards from the pergola. I cut the 2x6 side boards to the angles needed to lean up against the playhouse and touch the ground a little bit away (but realized I should have made it less steep after the fact. Then I attached the stair treads between them so they were evenly spaced using pocket holes on the underneath. Then I attached it to the playhouse with pocket holes as well.

I hope this helps, I do not have exact since I threw it together quickly since my kids decided they wanted it instead of the rope ladder later.

Timi B

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

Hi! Love your page, and am using your playhouse blog posts to help me build a play castle to my kids at the moment! Thank you for the detailed instructions and list of things, it’s so useful to have! Also: where is the name Kati from? Sounds Hungarian! 💕

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