I've done a lot of things, and I'm always trying to find a new creative way to showcase it all.

I'm an artist. I'm a programmer. I'm a geek. I'm a thinker. I'm a reader and a writer. I'm a creator of stuff.

Currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada, I am a fulltime software and website developer. I specialize in complex backend programming.

I just started up my own company, at the end of June 2015, Friend Dezign & Marketing, Inc. I provide custom software, website development, domain hosting, and a few other things that I'm still working on. I've been working under the DezignStyler ® name for about a decade and will be merging them together in due time. Contact me at Rachel@FriendDesignandMarketing.com for more information.

In my spare time, I sell my art and creations.

Dezign Styler Artwork

I pride myself in my artwork and take care to make every pen stroke perfect. Drawing has been a passion since I was a small child. I start with a blank piece of paper and stare at it until I envision the design mapping its way through the page. Each precarious drawing can take up to ten hours to complete.

I grew up in the country appreciating hard work and nature.. I relish green life.. I must have at least 2 vines of ivy growing in whatever room I dwell in, because mother nature is beautiful.. The natural growth of the earth in itself is a piece of art..

I see art in everything, from a rusty nail, to a polished gem. The inspiration for my creations are found everywhere. I start with a blank slate or a blank page, and I close my eyes. The art that I'm about to create traces itself in my mind as a vision.

Web Sites / Programming

<brag>I taught myself HTML when I was twelve.</brag>

Subsequently, I taught myself PHP, MySQL, JQuery, HTML, XML, CSS, Bootstrap, APIs, cURL, SVN/GIT, dynamic programming, W3C compliance, a bit of SEO... and other stuff.

It's not easy to work on websites after work of working on websites all day. That's why most of my personal projects will forever be a work in progress and a bit behind the times. By time I'm satisfied, there's a cool new technique that I could implement.
See Ongoing personal works that will never be finished...

I actively host, manage, build and maintain websites for a handful clients.
Lately, I've been fixing up..

Creations

I have been selling hats for about 7 years now. They have evolved as I have, as I learn where to gather the best materials, how to stitch the styles that people love, and how to be most efficient with the work.

Among my many creations are Secret Compartment Book Safes. These are very time consuming, but I've seen nothing like what I make anywhere on the internet for sale, so far. My obsession with books has led to this new craft. I decorate them with clock parts, cogwheels, keys, Sculpy clay creations, Steampunk trinkets, charms, and novelty knick knacks. They are shaped like real books and can hide amongst your other books on the bookshelf.

I've been working with plastic canvas since I was too young to remember. This is probably the first craft that most children learn. Except for the large plastic needles, it's almost impossible to poke your eye out!
I made about 6 coffins for Halloween last year. I sold out quickly. I hope I'll have time to make a few before Autumn, so I can be prepared for Halloween again this year.

I do take custom orders and payments via PayPal.

Sometimes I suffer from Little Ol' Lady Syndrom (LOLS) and sit in front of the TV and crochet all day.

Next Steps

Crafting isn't as much about bringing in a profit as it is a therapy to me, similar to programming and designing for myself. I'll just let other people buy what I want to make.

Besides changing my portfolio (again, some more, another time), my next steps are to start building customizable software with shopping carts and changeable template layers for businesses. Plug and play software is the way to go. I know it's already out there, but I didn't build it, so there's much to be improved upon.

I think learning a new language is in the near future as well. I've been playing with Ruby a bit, and I think I'm going to like it.

Ongoing personal works that will never be finished...

StuffThatMakesYouGoHmmm

I loved the thought of having an all encompassing website to be a collection of all of the quirky facts and random tidbits of information that I've absorbed over the years. I'm turning this into an article based site that will focus on contributors, allowing authors a mini showcase and a connected twitter feed to promote themselves and encourage content generation.

Clicky Stuff

A personal collaboration between two college peers, ClickyStuff.com is being assembled as a vast collection of web development tools, tips, tricks, and tutorials. ClickyStuff is growing as an extensive resource center that will surpass its competition via design, ease of use, quality content, and a twist of humor.

Tye Dyed Monkey

Vast collection of small games, tedious tasks, and monotonous activities. Users will be able to create a profile with an abundant range of possibilities to customize an avatar. Avatars can interact with friends and participate in daily activities and fun mini games; all the while building their status, their closet, and their bank.