I’m Monica, a Bay Area native making a home in Seattle. I have had a passion for all things DIY & craft since I was three years old – when my grandma taught me how to knit. If I can make it instead of buy it, I will!
So, how did The Petite Package come to be…
You know that feeling when you’re sitting at work one day and you literally think- “How the heck did I get here?”. I hit that moment in April, 2011. Here I was, working in foreclosure, being forced to tell people- “I’m sorry, you’ll have to move out of your home because the company simply won’t profit from giving you a modification.” The next day, I put in my two weeks notice. I couldn’t possibly remain at a job where every fiber of my being was against the bottom line.
I made the decision to follow my heart and pursue my passion: anything & everything crafty.
Originally, I joined Etsy to showcase my handmade knitted items, as knitting was my hobby and passion. I was so excited with the process of getting my little “dream business” started that I spent all of my time doing research about what I needed to get started. I continued to work at various banks and credit unions (in a less depressing environment) while I got my business off the ground. I found myself collecting cute, colorful odds and ends, packaging supplies, and fun envelopes, envisioning in my head how my very first sale would look. I took a pair of fingerless gloves and dressed them up in colorful twine, strung with a tag with handwritten instructions for how to care for them. I placed them neatly in a brown, rustic pillow box, and created my own stickers that said “Made with Love”. I was obsessed with any kind of packaging that screamed “handmade.” I ate it up. Then I thought to myself: Wait a minute… If I want to take the time to make sure my handmade things are packaged in a way that reflects the time and care that I spent creating them, then I’m sure others are looking for the same thing!
Thus, The Petite Package was born.
In May of 2013, I married my favorite person in the world, Josh. In the months leading up to our small wedding, I quickly became obsessed with planning the little details for our big day. My pinterest board was overflowing. With my brain going nonstop, I slowly started incorporating wedding items into my Etsy shop. Now they are the most hot ticket items I have to offer. I just love playing with all of the trends, colors, and themes in today’s modern wedding.
In August of 2013, my life was changed. With the addition of the wedding decor & favors, I was making enough on Etsy to finally be able to quit my day job! No more loan modifications, no more overdraft fees, no more retail banking. I thought only the “imaginary” people who were featured on the front page of Etsy’s blog got to quit their day job! Listen up people… if you can dream it, you can do it! The only obstacle standing in your way is you. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t, or the little voice inside your head that doubts you. Shoot for the stars, chase unicorns, and pave that road one brick at a time.
Today, I love to spend my time learning. Whether that means reading a marketing book, researching new trends on Pinterest, or spending time around others who have wisdom to offer. There is always room to improve and grow! I love finding new ways to wrap, decorate, and gift! I am seriously obsessed with chevrons and the color mint. My friends even make fun of me at this point (if it’s mint or chevron, I HAVE to have it). Many of the items in my shop I’ve made and are on display in my home, or were used in my own wedding. Don’t have the time to DIY? No problem, Monica to the rescue! (That’s pretty much what my store is all about). I pride myself on giving the best customer service possible. Each order is made, packaged, and delivered with love by yours truly. I also enjoy the fact that now I get to make $ doing something I love! It is especially rewarding having been in a career that was just not for me, and I feel like I can appreciate this success so much more.
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my story. I hope you pursue and enjoy all of your creative endeavors in life, as pursuing mine was one of the most rewarding experiences to this day!
Take Care Always & Happy Crafting,
The Petite Package is growing! Meet Allie, the newest member of the team. She will be collaborating on new designs as well as working with our customers one-on-one.
Read more about Allie in the following blog post: