Taisie Design is about art, adventure, life, and travel. It’s about living life outdoors. It was created by Leslie McMichael.

Besides writing this blog about things that I find interesting, I love making things with my hands like precious metal clay jewelry and recycled glass mosaic art. My newest project is making wonderful smelling soy wax candles. See my other site at Salubriouswax.com.

Basecamp to Taisie Design is located in Salubria Valley, Idaho near the small farming and ranching community of Cambridge. The early travelers on a spur of the Oregon Trail called “Goodales Cutoff,” entered our valley at the exact spot where my house stands and they named this place because they thought it was Salubrious or beneficial to ones health. Some of them kept going but some decided to stay a while. Back in 1938, my father, a third-generation Idahoan, was born in a tiny white farmhouse next to some apple orchards not far from here. I didn’t grow up in this part of rural Idaho but after spending many years living in the city, my husband and I moved to Salubria Valley and back to my family roots for a more peaceful and simple way of life.

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. In the springtime, the emerald green rolling hills around this part of Idaho look a lot like Ireland and fondly remind me of my visit to Glentaisie, Northern Ireland.

My professional career was always working in healthcare. After a long and successful career in GI Endoscopy, I just recently retired. Now that I’m not always commuting and working at the hospital, I now like to spend time trail running, fly-fishing, and finding new places to explore in the outdoors. In the fall and winter you can find me chukar hunting down in Hells Canyon with my two Brittany bird dogs. I raced mountain and road bicycles at the Pro/Expert (Cat 2) level for several years and still like jumping on a bike to ride every once in a while. I dream one day of hooking another big rainbow at the Railroad Ranch on Henry’s Fork.