About

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I’m an adventurous wallflower, lifelong learner, lover of art, travel, and the outdoors. Besides writing this blog, I also like to create jewelry for active women.

Basecamp to Taisie Design is on the Olympic Peninsula next to the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the furthest NW corner of Washington State. It’s a beautiful place to live and where I can watch gray whales, humpback whales, harbor seals, and bald eagles out of my living room and bedroom windows plus hear the crashing waves of the Salish Sea all day and night. My property backs up to forested mountains as far as the eye can see and the Pacific Ocean is just around the corner. Stunningly gorgeous Olympic National Park is not far away too.

Taisie Design gets its name from Glentaisie, one of the nine, lush green, Glens of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. According to old Celtic lore, Glentaise was named after Princess Taisie, the daughter of King Dorm of Rathlin Island, a small island off the coast of Northern Ireland. The lush emerald green mountains, thick forests, and twisty narrow roads next to the sea on the Olympic Peninsula fondly reminds me of my visit to Glentaisie.

My professional career was working in healthcare and after a long career in the field of GI Endoscopy, I was fortunate enough to take early retirement. Now that I’m not always commuting and working at the hospital you can find me working in my studio, trail running, fly-fishing for trout, and finding new places to explore in the outdoors. I raced mountain, road, and cyclocross bicycles at the Pro/Expert (Cat 1/2) level for several years and still like jumping on my bike to ride every once in a while. In the fall and winter you can find me chukar hunting with my two Brittany bird dogs.

Leslie

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