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 located in beautiful Council Valley, Idaho. I’m new to this area and didn’t grow up here but my father, a third-generation Idahoan of Scottish immigrants was born in 1938 in a white farmhouse next to Mesa Orchards not far from here. It’s sometimes strange how life becomes full circle.

Taisie Design gets its name from Glentaisie, one of the nine Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland. According to old Celtic lore, Glentaise was named after Princess Taisie, the daughter of King Dorm of Rathlin Island, a tiny island off the coast of Northern Ireland. The emerald green rolling hills in the springtime around this part of Idaho fondly remind me of my first visit to the British Isles and Glentaise a few years ago.  

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, hiking, 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.