Today we’d like to introduce you to Becky Strahle.
Hi Becky, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I became a cuff maker in 2009. I felt drawn to attend a metal-stamping class and instantly fell in love. When I got home, I just knew there had to be a way to make my own bracelets and add the stamping skill I had just learned. I figured out belts were the perfect width and thickness and from there I went to town. I made them for myself and before long all my friends wanted one.
I had a blog at the time and I asked my readers if I should sell them. Uh, YES! Before long the business grew and at one point I had four helpers! Eventually, we moved to the Nashville area and God started working on my heart to incorporate my other giftings; painting and writing. After laying down my very successful custom word Etsy shop I waited for direction and that’s when the Love Letters idea surfaced.
Now in addition to the custom cuffs, I make a monthly cuff box that has a faith-based devotion letter, an art card, and a handpainted, hand-stamped cuff. It’s extremely labor-intensive, but the reward is knowing I’m using all of my giftings for His glory!
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The success of the shop took me off guard. At the time, I had two little girls and I had never intended on having a full-time business. Especially one that took place in my house and involved a lot of hammering and mess. Managing people was new to me. Learning how to balance my work and home life was challenging, especially since the business was in my basement.
I’m pretty driven. I seem to be a bit one-track-minded, and when the shop was open other things fell through the cracks. I think it’s a bit of a lie that balance can be obtained. I think you just brace yourself for the “off-kilter” moments and make up for it when the waves die down.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Two and half years ago, I took my jewelry business and incorporated my faith walk. Every month, I introduce a new cuff design. It’s based on an original painting and devotional that I’ve written. It’s the sweetest little box to open. Each cuff is lovingly hand stamped and painted and then wrapped in tissue and enclosed in a glass mason jar. The 5×7 art print matches the design I paint on the cuff. It’s all very timely and leaves the reader knowing their worth in the Kingdom of God. I call them love letters.
So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
I want my life to bring glory to God. I started blogging years ago when I was walking through a season of depression, and He took those years and turned my sorrow into joy. Every post became a focus on the little blessings in my life that I, at times, took for granted.
Capturing quiet moments with my friends and family, noticing the subtle changes in nature, slowing down to write my thoughts and spiritual epiphanies… That became my life. Taking those intimate lessons and expanding them into my work was just a natural next step of what He was doing in and through me.
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Tisha Lyn Lucas