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Featured Shop: Chicks in Hats

May 9, 2014

by Julie Persons

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My name is Julie Persons, and I’m the maker behind Chicks in Hats. I work out of my family’s old farm in central Maine.

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I have always been a photographer; I received my first camera when I was 10 years old, and immediately began taking photos of everyone and everything around me. As I grew older, I realized I was especially drawn to smaller creatures. The inspiration for Chicks in Hats came in 2011, when my 7-year-old daughter made tiny hats for our pet gerbils — then our pet chicks — and asked me to take photos of them. We had so much fun that we are now in our fourth year of photographing the chicks together.

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Baby chicks are only small for a few days each spring, so the time spent photographing them is brief. We enjoy the process immensely – my daughter puts the hats on the chicks and jumps out of the shot while I try to shoot the photo as quickly as possible. It’s challenging to capture the moment, since it usually only lasts for a second before the hats fall to the ground or are flung off in a rather rapid and unpredictable manner. When we actually get the shot, we feel victorious and we celebrate together.

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The rest of the year is spent making magnets, note cards, jewelry and other items using the images. I create the rigid magnets and jewelry at home, while the paper items like note cards, photo prints, and calendars are custom printed. People often ask me where I get the tiny hats for my chicks. My daughter and I make some of the hats by needle felting and sewing, and some of them are vintage Barbie doll hats I’ve found online and in antique shops. I also buy hats from artists who craft miniature millinery for dollhouses – those fit the chicks perfectly!

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I feel grateful for the chance to work with my daughter on this project. By watching Chicks in Hats evolve and grow, my children see firsthand that it’s possible to do something you love and make a living. My daughter receives a percentage of calendar sales as payment for her work, and she helps with labeling packages as well.

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I’ve been on Etsy since 2006, and I now have four active shops including Chicks in Hats. Etsy has helped me to connect with such an amazing community of artisans, and I cannot express how much support and inspiration I gain from my fellow sellers. It has also provided me with an excellent outlet for showcasing my work to wholesale clients, and I value the relationships I have established with a number of gift shops as a result. Etsy allows me to support my family, and be home with my children doing the work that makes my heart happiest.

All photographs by Chicks in Hats.

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Chicken Postcards Set Chicks in Hats Baby Chicks Stationery Bird Photo 4x6 (12)
Chicken Postcards Set Chicks in Hats Baby Chicks Stationery Bird Photo 4x6 (12)
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$10.00 USD
Nursing Bobby Pin Set Chicken Wearing a Nursing Cap Hair Pins Chicks in Hats (2)
Nursing Bobby Pin Set Chicken Wearing a Nursing Cap Hair Pins Chicks in Hats (2)
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$8.00 USD
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing A Red Straw Boater Hat Photograph
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing A Red Straw Boater Hat Photograph
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$20.00 USD
Nurse Gift Chicken Postcard Set Chicks in Nursing Hats Bird Photo Postcards 4x6 (10)
Nurse Gift Chicken Postcard Set Chicks in Nursing Hats Bird Photo Postcards 4x6 (10)
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$9.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chickens In Dapper Hats Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chickens In Dapper Hats Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Greeting Card Chicks in Hats Photo Card Chicken Wearing A Miniature Party Hat Baby Animals Birthday #62
Greeting Card Chicks in Hats Photo Card Chicken Wearing A Miniature Party Hat Baby Animals Birthday #62
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$3.75 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken in Tiny Kerchief Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Baby Animal
Chicks in Hats Chicken in Tiny Kerchief Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Baby Animal
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Blue Crocheted Miniature Hat Rigid Rectangle Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Blue Crocheted Miniature Hat Rigid Rectangle Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Papal Pope Hat Rigid Refrigerator Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Papal Pope Hat Rigid Refrigerator Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing A Straw Hat Photograph
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing A Straw Hat Photograph
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$20.00 USD
Greeting Card Chick in A Miniature Nurse Cap Photo Note Card Nursing Stationary (1) Get Well Soon
Greeting Card Chick in A Miniature Nurse Cap Photo Note Card Nursing Stationary (1) Get Well Soon
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$3.75 USD
Chicken Wearing A Miniature Red Pillbox Hat Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Cards Cute Stationary #90
Chicken Wearing A Miniature Red Pillbox Hat Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Cards Cute Stationary #90
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$3.75 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing A Birthday Hat Party Baby Bird Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing A Birthday Hat Party Baby Bird Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken Bride in Bridal Veil Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Baby Bird
Chicks in Hats Chicken Bride in Bridal Veil Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Baby Bird
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chickens Hats Baby Animal Magnets (10) You Choose!
Chicks in Hats Chickens Hats Baby Animal Magnets (10) You Choose!
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$35.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing A Blue Bonnet Rectangle Baby Bird Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing A Blue Bonnet Rectangle Baby Bird Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing Kerchief Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Cute Animal Decoration
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing Kerchief Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Cute Animal Decoration
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$4.00 USD
Bobby Pin Set Chicken In A Blue Miniature Crown Hair Pins Chicks in Hats (2) Hairpins
Bobby Pin Set Chicken In A Blue Miniature Crown Hair Pins Chicks in Hats (2) Hairpins
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$8.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing A Nurse's Nursing Cap Baby Bird Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing A Nurse's Nursing Cap Baby Bird Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Greeting Card Chick in A Miniature Nurse Cap Get Well Soon Card Nursing Stationary (1) #61
Greeting Card Chick in A Miniature Nurse Cap Get Well Soon Card Nursing Stationary (1) #61
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$3.75 USD
Chicken Wearing A British Bobby Hat Rigid Rectangle Photo Magnet Chicks in Hats
Chicken Wearing A British Bobby Hat Rigid Rectangle Photo Magnet Chicks in Hats
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$4.00 USD
Baby Animal Pendant Necklace Chicken Wearing A Derby Hat Mustache Chicks in Hats Jewelry
Baby Animal Pendant Necklace Chicken Wearing A Derby Hat Mustache Chicks in Hats Jewelry
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$16.00 USD
Chicken n A Miniature Wig Chicken Earrings Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Photography
Chicken n A Miniature Wig Chicken Earrings Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Photography
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$14.00 USD
Chickens in Hats Chicken in Fox Ears Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Baby Animals
Chickens in Hats Chicken in Fox Ears Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Baby Animals
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Miniature Newsprint Hat Chicken Greeting Card Baby Animal Stationary
Chicks in Hats Miniature Newsprint Hat Chicken Greeting Card Baby Animal Stationary
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$3.75 USD
Note Card Chicken in Rabbit Easter Bunny Ears Easter Chicks in hats Baby Animals Stationary
Note Card Chicken in Rabbit Easter Bunny Ears Easter Chicks in hats Baby Animals Stationary
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$3.75 USD
Chicks in Hats Stickers Chicken in A Bowler Hat And Mustache Stickers Seals 1.5" Round (12) Baby Animals Labels
Chicks in Hats Stickers Chicken in A Bowler Hat And Mustache Stickers Seals 1.5" Round (12) Baby Animals Labels
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$3.50 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken In A Miniature Red Floral Bandana Cute Chickens Baby Animal Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken In A Miniature Red Floral Bandana Cute Chickens Baby Animal Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Photo Pendant of A Chicken Wearing a Tiny Black Bowler Hat Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Necklace
Photo Pendant of A Chicken Wearing a Tiny Black Bowler Hat Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Necklace
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$16.00 USD
Baby Animal Pendant Necklace of A Chick Chicken In A Plaid Golfing Cap Hat Farm Animals Jewelry
Baby Animal Pendant Necklace of A Chick Chicken In A Plaid Golfing Cap Hat Farm Animals Jewelry
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$16.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Stickers Royal Chick in A Miniature White Ruffled Cap Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
Chicks in Hats Stickers Royal Chick in A Miniature White Ruffled Cap Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
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$3.50 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Pink Black Feathered Miniature Hat Refrigerator Magnet Baby Animals
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Pink Black Feathered Miniature Hat Refrigerator Magnet Baby Animals
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$4.00 USD
Greeting Card Chicks in Hats Photo Card Chicken Wearing A Miniature Flower Floral Cap Baby Animals #59
Greeting Card Chicks in Hats Photo Card Chicken Wearing A Miniature Flower Floral Cap Baby Animals #59
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$3.75 USD
Greeting Card Chicken Couple In Top Hat And Kerchief Baby Animal Photo Anniversary Card Chicks #64in Hats (1)
Greeting Card Chicken Couple In Top Hat And Kerchief Baby Animal Photo Anniversary Card Chicks #64in Hats (1)
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$3.75 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Top Hat Rigid Refrigerator Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Top Hat Rigid Refrigerator Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chickens Stickers Birds in Hats Cute Chicks in Hats Stickers Seals 1.5" Round (12)
Chickens Stickers Birds in Hats Cute Chicks in Hats Stickers Seals 1.5" Round (12)
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$3.50 USD
Chicken Wedding Chicks in Veil And Hat Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet
Chicken Wedding Chicks in Veil And Hat Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Baby Animal Jewelry Photo Pendant Necklace of A Chicken Wearing a Miniature Top Hat Chicks in Hats
Baby Animal Jewelry Photo Pendant Necklace of A Chicken Wearing a Miniature Top Hat Chicks in Hats
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$16.00 USD
50 Chicks in Hats Rigid Rectangle Magnets Chicken Photography Heavy Chickens Magnets Wholesale Lot
50 Chicks in Hats Rigid Rectangle Magnets Chicken Photography Heavy Chickens Magnets Wholesale Lot
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$100.00 USD
Wholesale Lot 50 Chicks in Hats Greeting Cards Baby Animal Notecards
Wholesale Lot 50 Chicks in Hats Greeting Cards Baby Animal Notecards
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$93.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chick In Easter Bunny Rabbit Ears Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chick In Easter Bunny Rabbit Ears Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Stickers Chick in A Pink Fascinator Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
Chicks in Hats Stickers Chick in A Pink Fascinator Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
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$3.50 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken In A Miniature Cowboy Hat Cute Chickens Baby Animal Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken In A Miniature Cowboy Hat Cute Chickens Baby Animal Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Wedding Hats Marriage Card Married Engagement Chickens Stationary
Chicks in Wedding Hats Marriage Card Married Engagement Chickens Stationary
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$3.75 USD
Chicks in Hats Stickers Royal Chick in A Miniature Silver Crown Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
Chicks in Hats Stickers Royal Chick in A Miniature Silver Crown Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
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$3.50 USD
Chicks in Hats Stickers Kerchief Chicken Stickers Seals 1.5" Round (12)
Chicks in Hats Stickers Kerchief Chicken Stickers Seals 1.5" Round (12)
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$3.50 USD
Chicks in Hats Stickers Royal Chick in A Miniature Blue Bonnet Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
Chicks in Hats Stickers Royal Chick in A Miniature Blue Bonnet Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
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$3.50 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken In Braids Wig Rectangle Magnet Baby Animals
Chicks in Hats Chicken In Braids Wig Rectangle Magnet Baby Animals
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$4.00 USD
Chicken Magnet Miniature Derby Hat Rectangle Refrigerator Decoration Chicks in Hats Baby Animals Open
Chicken Magnet Miniature Derby Hat Rectangle Refrigerator Decoration Chicks in Hats Baby Animals Open
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Purple Ribboned Hat Refrigerator Magnet Baby Animals
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Purple Ribboned Hat Refrigerator Magnet Baby Animals
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$4.00 USD
Chicken in A Miniature Newsprint Hat Antique Bronze Leverback Earrings Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Jewelry
Chicken in A Miniature Newsprint Hat Antique Bronze Leverback Earrings Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Jewelry
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$14.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Chicken Rainbow Pom Pom Hat
Chicks in Hats Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Chicken Rainbow Pom Pom Hat
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$4.00 USD
Chicken Wearing Miniature Robin Hood Hat Card Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Notecard Cute Stationary #95
Chicken Wearing Miniature Robin Hood Hat Card Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Notecard Cute Stationary #95
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$3.75 USD
Greeting Card Chicks in Hats Photo Card Chicken Wearing A Miniature Feather Hat Baby Animals
Greeting Card Chicks in Hats Photo Card Chicken Wearing A Miniature Feather Hat Baby Animals
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$3.75 USD
Chick in Black Derby Hat With Mustache Chicken Photo Card Baby Animal Photography Bird in A Hat
Chick in Black Derby Hat With Mustache Chicken Photo Card Baby Animal Photography Bird in A Hat
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$3.75 USD
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing A Top Hat Photograph Chicken Photography Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Picture
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing A Top Hat Photograph Chicken Photography Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Picture
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$20.00 USD
Chick Wearing A Steampunk Top Hat Baby Chicken Magnet Chicks in Hats
Chick Wearing A Steampunk Top Hat Baby Chicken Magnet Chicks in Hats
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken in Bunny Ears Rigid Easter Refrigerator Magnet 2x3"
Chicks in Hats Chicken in Bunny Ears Rigid Easter Refrigerator Magnet 2x3"
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$4.00 USD
Baby Animal Pendant Necklace of A Chicken Wearing A White Lace Kerchief Chicks in Hats Jewelry
Baby Animal Pendant Necklace of A Chicken Wearing A White Lace Kerchief Chicks in Hats Jewelry
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$16.00 USD
Photo Chicken Pendant Necklace of Two Chickens in Wedding Top Hat And Veil Chicks in Hats Baby Animals Wedding
Photo Chicken Pendant Necklace of Two Chickens in Wedding Top Hat And Veil Chicks in Hats Baby Animals Wedding
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$16.00 USD

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