In 2008 we were searching for land in hopes of finding the perfect place to build our homestead. The housing market was bad and there were many bank owned, forclosed homes in our area. On a whim, we decided to look at a few. We printed a photo of the property and we thought, yeah, let's take a look. It was a house that desperately needed some TLC. We arrived to view it on a sunny, fall day and before we even stepped out of the vehicle, we knew it was special. There was something about this small valley, with it's modest creek that touched our hearts. It was decided. This was the place for us.
Not only did the 1920's farmhouse need some work, but the land had not been cared for in many years. We are continually cleaning the property and committing ourselves to our role as land stewards. Every year we fall deeper in love with it. We named our property Silver Creek Springs in honor of the spring fed creek, Silver Creek, which flows through the property.
When we met in 1995, Tony was a bicycle mechanic and I was a young tattoo artist. Our careers in life have stayed the same and evolved simultaneously. Tony became a carpenter in 1998 and on to a tattoo artist in 2005, while always staying passionate about his great love, bicycles. He raced bicycles professionally during these years, with the dream of eventually owning his own bike shop. We're excited to finally have his dream realized, The Creeky Wheel at Silver Creek Springs. I retired my tattoo machine after 27 years in October 2018, and will continue to own and manage my dream studio that I opened in 2003, Crimson Heart Designs in Turtle Lake, WI. A new passion has grown in me, herbalism and botanical skin care. I'm happily immersed in creating medicinal balms and oils from plants grown on our farm and I'm studying for my Master Herbalist Certification.
Sharing all of this with our friends and family has always been exciting and now we'd like to share it with you, too.
We invite you to become part of our journey.
Lisa LeCuyer Kofakis
Who says you can't ride a bike in winter?
The Creeky Wheel group rides
Enjoying great riding and great company.
The Creeky Wheel
It's all happening!
The Creeky Wheel
We rent Salsa Mukluks, what fun!
Willy loves the creek and the bike
Tony and two of his happy trail dogs, Tessa and Laycee.
Silver Creek Springs
Sometimes gardening takes twice as long when the chickens want to help.
All natural tattoo aftercare
Handcrafted by Lisa, custom made for her clients at Crimson Heart Designs Tattoo Studio in Turtle Lake, WI
Tony has been an avid cyclist since he was young. Mountain biking, professional BMX racing and trail building are his passions.
Silver Creek Springs
The next generation learning about gardening.
Woodsman's Bug Repellent
Lisa has been immersed in growing plants for her botanical body care products and creating natural alternatives for our everyday skin care needs.
This is the top of our back hill, the best place on our property to take a break from a ride or hike. It's got a great view, wonderful breeze and it's a great place to relax, meditate and slow down.
We have many springs with the creek, which splits our property in half.
1st Annual Vance Creek Farm Crawl
Lisa discussing our farm with our guests.
All along our trails, we have beautiful native plants.
One of our many trails on the property we use for mountain biking and hiking.
Guests at our farm crawl enjoy a wagon ride from farm to farm.
"Casey's Hill" is dedicated to our dog, Casey, who loved spending time here.
Silver Creek Springs is named after our modest Silver Creek, which has over a dozen springs on our portion of it.
During our annual Non-Electric Week, we enjoy cooking on the campfire
The old barn
Our 1935 dairy barn was past repair, so we're taking it down slowly and re-purposing the wood throughout Silver Creek Springs and Crimson Heart Designs.
A wonderful place to relax, meditate and get back in touch with the natural world around us.
The majority of Silver Creek stays open through the winter season.
We can feed quite a few folks from this garden.
Part of our private trail system.
Bob on the trail
One of our dogs, Bob, enjoying a Christmas run on the trails.
Our first mascot, Super Dave and his gal pal, Mama Six. RIP
One of our beautiful bleeding heart bushes.
Owners, Proprietors, Gardeners, Farmers, Artists and silent sport enthusiasts...
We happily wear many hats here at Silver Creek Springs. Lisa & Tony Kofakis
594 4 1/2 Street
Clayton, WI 54004
For more information about our tattoo studio, Crimson Heart Designs, click on the heart