I’m an adventurous wallflower, lifelong learner, lover of art, travel, and the outdoors.

Besides writing this blog about things that I find interesting, I like making things with my hands like precious metal clay jewelry for active women and mosaic art to name a few. My latest 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 simpler 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 and rolling hills around this part of Idaho look a lot like Ireland and fondly remind 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 just recently took 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, nordic skiing, 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 McMichael