Meet Cathie, one of our newest vendors. Cathie makes some of the cutest wine glasses, signs, and furniture we've ever seen. Stop by soon to check out some of Cathie's items. Hurry in, her items never last long!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Cathie Williams. I moved here in 1982 after my first year of college to live with my Dad and attend Winthrop University, and, at the end of 1983 I met my husband Michael. I’m the mother of two grown sons Patrick and Matthew, I have two beautiful granddaughters, Kayden and Seanna, and another granddaughter due in October. My husband is a retired Forensics Investigator; however, I still work full time at Campco Engineering, Inc. in Rock Hill and have been with them for 25 years. When I first moved to Rock Hill I painted and sold my pieces to several local shops in the area. When my sons came along I put my hobbies aside for a while. Now that we are “empty nesters” I have a little more free time to spend on my hobbies. Designing things for people is one of my favorite pass times but until now I’ve only made items for friends and family. Consigning my work has taken my hobby/passion to a whole new level.
What inspired you to start making your pieces? How long have you been making them?
I inherited my painting and drawing abilities from my Mom but I was always envious of her decorating talent and the ability to be able to take something plain and turn it into something you’d see in Better Homes and Gardens or Southern Living. When my youngest son got engaged last year, they decided they wanted a country/rustic themed wedding. I wanted to help them with the decorations and make the things they wanted for their wedding rather than having to buy them. This would have been right up my Mom’s ally but she passed away four year ago, so I knew I was going to have to handle this on my own. This was when I realized that I do have some of those talents that I always envied. I went on to make their programs, all of their signs, Bride and Groom glasses, family of the Bride and Groom glasses, etc. Making all these items for their wedding kept me very busy in my spare time. Needless to say, after the wedding I needed something to do to keep me busy so I started making wooden signs and now tables.
What’s your favorite thing to make?
I love designing and making my wooden signs from old pallet boards and adding my special touches to each one. If I have to pick my favorite thing to make, I’d have to say it would be my cable spool tables. I enjoy taking something from its intended use and making it into something functional. They are so unique and I love turning an ordinary item into a beautiful piece for someone’s home or yard, it just thrills me.
Tell us a little bit about the process of making the spool tables.
I begin with a plain wooden cable spool. After cleaning it up, I sand it and then I either paint it (I love the white wash look), or stain it depending on what I’m in the mood to do at the time, or if someone has a specific request. If I decide to add lettering or an image of something, I design it and cut out my template with my Cricut Machine. After that process is done I use my template to paint my design and then touch it up free hand to make it perfect. I tend to lean toward the vintage look so I like to distress a lot of the wood work I do. Once I’m happy with everything I add polyurethane to protect it.
Why did you choose Olde Town Consign to sell your signs, tables, and décor?
Actually choosing Olde Town Consign was a spur of the moment thing. My husband had been urging me to make some pieces and sell them for a while now but for some reason I was always hesitant. I’m such a perfectionist and it wasn’t that I didn’t believe my husband when he would tell me how nice a piece was that I had done, I guess I just needed someone who had an interest in selling my pieces to make me feel more confident. My friends and family have been trying to convince me for a while to sell but thankfully I got my encouragement one Saturday morning when he and I were in the store and I decided to talk to Hope about consigning with her. I showed her the work I had done for my son’s wedding and her reaction pushed me to make a few pieces and bring to her. Hope and Maddie are such sweet ladies and I knew right away that I had made a great decision to work with them.
Do you have any plans for the future? Upcoming new products, things you’re working on, etc.?
My husband got me into photography several years ago. Being in forensics he had an awesome Nikon Camera and every lens you could imagine, he taught me what he knew and I fell in love instantly. I take photos for friends and family from time to time, but I really love to just go out and take pictures of anything old, flowers, bees, whatever crosses my path. Michael says I have a natural eye and my sister-n-law, Donna Hagler and her husband Drew have been trying for years to get me to sell my photos. I’ve decided to give in and sell some of them in the near future. I use Facebook as a “showing off” place for a lot of my photos but I think it’s finally time to start selling them.
Is there anything else you want readers to know?
I can personalize anything I make. I can make designs on wood, paper, glass, fabric, metal, etc. I can also personalize an item that someone already has if they want it. I am a perfectionist so every item I make has to be perfect before I’ll even consider selling it. I love seeing the final result and the excitement when I give the piece I’ve made to its new owner.