Salubrious studio view

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 like making jewelry for women to wear in the outdoors and creating mosaic art. My newest project is making wonderful smelling soy wax candles. See my sister site at Salubriouswax.com.

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.

My workshop studio and base camp is located in Salubria Valley near the small farming and ranching community of Cambridge, Idaho. In the springtime, the emerald green rolling hills and mountains look a lot like Ireland and fondly remind me of my trip to Glentaisie. The early travelers on the Oregon Trail named this place. Some of them kept going but some decided to stay a while. My father, a third generation Idahoan, was born in a white farmhouse next to some apple orchards not far from here. I didn’t grow up here but after spending several years living in the city, my husband and I moved here and back to my family roots for a more peaceful and quiet life. Small town rural Idaho was a culture shock at first but I’ve gradually grown to love it.

My professional career has always been working in healthcare for my entire adult life. When not working at the hospital or in my studio, I enjoy trail running, fly-fishing, and finding new places to explore in the outdoors. In the fall and winter you can find me tagging along with my chukar hunter husband and two bird dogs with camera in hand. I raced mountain and road bicycles at the Pro/Expert 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.


Taisie Design jewelry and mosaics are only available locally.

For more information contact me at: leslie@taisiedesign.com