Formerly known as Design by Cherie (cherie.net), Island Rooster Designs was launched in April 2014. Same business, same owner – just a new name to reflect our new location, the aloha spirit of the Hawaiian Islands, and my fascination and love for the wild Kauai rooster population!
I’m a free-spirited gypsy. It used to be a “just at heart” kinda thing, but after 20+ years of marriage, my hubby and I made a radical life decision and embarked on a new journey. Life on the road, 24/7/365 in a travel trailer. Working where we land. Living where we park our trailer. Free spirits blown by the winds of adventure and opportunity. This was ultimately short lived – a freak hailstorm wiped out our poor little travel trailer in TX, so we went to Plan B. Relocation to the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
And it was here that I immediately fell in love. Oh sure, with the beauty of the island. The bathtub temp ocean. The swaying palm trees. Those are all lovely – but I’m talking about the rooster. The magnificent, gorgeous, shiny feathered roosters that strut about every square inch of this island. In the parking lot, outside my front door, outside my back door, on the beaches, in the mountains, standing between me and the door to Walmart. I was smitten from the beginning and it was that love affair that ultimately gave birth to my rebranding from Design by Cherie to Island Rooster Designs.
Update July 2015: we are moving back to the mainland and back to the wanderlust that comes with full-time RV living.
the girl behind the rooster…
Around 1993, I used a computer for the first time. It was love at first site. Erm, sight. A few short weeks later, I’d gone from keyboard novice to full-blown addict (as our AOL bill would attest – yes, this was back in the days of being charged “by the hour” to go “online”). I immediately gravited to graphic design and that Christmas created a “chocoholic survival kit” for my mom complete with custom designed labels and insert. If you’re fortunate, you sometimes can crash land smack dab into the middle of something that you’re actually quite good at. For me, this was graphic design and eventually, website design.
As the years went by, my love affair continued. Before long I was neck deep in html and creating one website after another. For free. Just for fun. It occurred to me one day that I could make a living at this so I hung out my web design shingle and haven’t looked back since. That was quite some time ago and I’m still here – playing around with html and marveling daily that I actually get paid to play.
Together with my husband, I own/operate RedLime Web which focuses primarily on X-Cart custom programming, mods, hacks, and consulting. In addition, we also operate X-Cart Help, which as you may have guessed, offers help and support for all things X-Cart related. The geeks who program together, stay together. Or something like that.
When I’m not creating websites, I can be found nose buried in a book. Or rather, face to my Kindle. I love to read and my current waiting-to-read list is well over 950. Pathetic. But because insanity loves company (or something like that).. here are a few links so you too can fill your Kindle with hundreds upon hundreds of deliciously satisfying books. For free. Pixel of Ink, Inspired Reads
But I’m not just an avid reader, I also love to write and am working on my first full-length novel. I hope to have this finished and self-published
by the end of 2015 before the next ice age.