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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
SALE Chicks in Hats Chicken Calendar Yearly 2016 12 Month Cute Baby Animals
SALE Chicks in Hats Chicken Calendar Yearly 2016 12 Month Cute Baby Animals
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$5.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Stickers Baby Chick in A Miniature Brown Bowler Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
Chicks in Hats Stickers Baby Chick in A Miniature Brown Bowler Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
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$3.50 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken In A Miniature Red Floral Hat Cute Chickens Baby Animal Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken In A Miniature Red Floral Hat Cute Chickens Baby Animal Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken In A Blue Bandana Cute Chickens Baby Animal Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken In A Blue Bandana Cute Chickens Baby Animal Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Fox Earrings Antique Bronze Chicken in Needle Felted Fox Ears Baby Animal Jewelry Chicks in Hats
Fox Earrings Antique Bronze Chicken in Needle Felted Fox Ears Baby Animal Jewelry Chicks in Hats
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$14.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chick In Fox Ears Rigid Rectangle Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chick In Fox Ears Rigid Rectangle Magnet
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$4.00 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
Chicks in Hats Photo Print 8x10 Chicken Wearing A Pink Miniature Fascinator Animal Photograph
Chicks in Hats Photo Print 8x10 Chicken Wearing A Pink Miniature Fascinator Animal Photograph
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$20.00 USD
Christmas Card Chick in Santa Hat Folded Chicken Funny Holiday Stationary
Christmas Card Chick in Santa Hat Folded Chicken Funny Holiday Stationary
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$3.75 USD
Baby Animal Pendant Necklace of A Chicken Wearing A British Bobby Policeman Hat Chicks in Hats
Baby Animal Pendant Necklace of A Chicken Wearing A British Bobby Policeman Hat Chicks in Hats
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$16.00 USD
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing Wedding Veil and Top Hat Photograph
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing Wedding Veil and Top Hat Photograph
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$20.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Blank Pocket Journal Set (3) Booklets Chickens Small Note Book 4.5"x 5.5"
Chicks in Hats Blank Pocket Journal Set (3) Booklets Chickens Small Note Book 4.5"x 5.5"
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$15.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Stickers Miniature Red Bandana Kerchief Chicken Stickers Seals 1.5" Round (12)
Chicks in Hats Stickers Miniature Red Bandana Kerchief Chicken Stickers Seals 1.5" Round (12)
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$3.50 USD
Chicks in Hats Chickens In Miniature Hats Cute Chickens Baby Animal Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chickens In Miniature Hats Cute Chickens Baby Animal Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chick In A Scottish Tam O Shanter Hat Rigid Rectangle Magnet Baby Animals
Chicks in Hats Chick In A Scottish Tam O Shanter Hat Rigid Rectangle Magnet Baby Animals
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$4.00 USD
Baby Animal Pendant Necklace of A Chicken Wearing A Miniature Crown Chicks in Hats
Baby Animal Pendant Necklace of A Chicken Wearing A Miniature Crown Chicks in Hats
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$16.00 USD
Chicken in A Miniature Kerchief Earrings Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Photography
Chicken in A Miniature Kerchief Earrings Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Photography
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$14.00 USD
Chicken in  A Vintage Miniature Nursing Cap Chicks in Hats Pin Nurse Brooch
Chicken in A Vintage Miniature Nursing Cap Chicks in Hats Pin Nurse Brooch
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$10.00 USD
Chicken Earrings Chick In A Black Bowler Hat Mustache Leverback Earrings Chickens Animal Jewelry
Chicken Earrings Chick In A Black Bowler Hat Mustache Leverback Earrings Chickens Animal Jewelry
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$14.00 USD
Chick in A Nursing Cap Leverback Earrings Chicken Nurse Gift Chicks in Hats
Chick in A Nursing Cap Leverback Earrings Chicken Nurse Gift Chicks in Hats
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$14.00 USD
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing A Derby Hat And Mustache Photograph
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing A Derby Hat And Mustache Photograph
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$20.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken In A Bowler Hat And Mustache Rigid Rectangle Magnet Baby Animal Photograph
Chicks in Hats Chicken In A Bowler Hat And Mustache Rigid Rectangle Magnet Baby Animal Photograph
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Red Ribboned Straw Boater Hat Rigid Refrigerator Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Red Ribboned Straw Boater Hat Rigid Refrigerator Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chick Wearing A Kerchief Hat Rigid Rectangle Photo Magnet Chicken Hats
Chick Wearing A Kerchief Hat Rigid Rectangle Photo Magnet Chicken Hats
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$4.00 USD
Baby Animal Pendant Necklace of A Chick Chicken In A Blue Bonnet Hat Farm Animals Jewelry
Baby Animal Pendant Necklace of A Chick Chicken In A Blue Bonnet Hat Farm Animals Jewelry
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$16.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Stickers Chick in A Miniature Black Bowler Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
Chicks in Hats Stickers Chick in A Miniature Black Bowler Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
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$3.50 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
Bobby Pin Set Chicken Wearing a Miniature Red Straw Hat Hair Pins Chicks in Hats (2)
Bobby Pin Set Chicken Wearing a Miniature Red Straw Hat Hair Pins Chicks in Hats (2)
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$8.00 USD
Chick Wearing A Nurse Cap Rectangle Nursing Hat Chicken Magnet
Chick Wearing A Nurse Cap Rectangle Nursing Hat Chicken Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chicken Wearing A Miniature Bridal Veil Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Wedding Cards Cute Stationary #96 Engagement Notecard
Chicken Wearing A Miniature Bridal Veil Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Wedding Cards Cute Stationary #96 Engagement Notecard
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$3.75 USD
Baby Animal Pendant Necklace of A Chick Chicken In A Tam O Shanter Scottish Hat Farm Animals Jewelry
Baby Animal Pendant Necklace of A Chick Chicken In A Tam O Shanter Scottish Hat Farm Animals Jewelry
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$16.00 USD
Baby Animal Card Chicken in A White Kerchief Chicks in Hats Photography #23
Baby Animal Card Chicken in A White Kerchief Chicks in Hats Photography #23
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$3.75 USD
Baby Animal Earrings Chicken Bride in A Wedding Veil Chicks in Hats Hen Party
Baby Animal Earrings Chicken Bride in A Wedding Veil Chicks in Hats Hen Party
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$14.00 USD
Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Chicks in Hats Chicken in A White Lace Kerchief
Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Chicks in Hats Chicken in A White Lace Kerchief
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Pink Fascinator Hat Rigid Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Pink Fascinator Hat Rigid Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Stickers Chick in A Miniature Peach Straw Hat Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
Chicks in Hats Stickers Chick in A Miniature Peach Straw Hat Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
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$3.50 USD
Chicken in A Miniature Derby Hat Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Cards Cute Stationary
Chicken in A Miniature Derby Hat Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Cards Cute Stationary
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$3.75 USD
Notecard Chick in A Top Hat Chicken Stationary Baby Animal Photograph Cute Bird in A Hat Greeting Card
Notecard Chick in A Top Hat Chicken Stationary Baby Animal Photograph Cute Bird in A Hat Greeting Card
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$3.75 USD
Antique Bronze Earrings Chicken Wearing A Newsboy Hat Farm Animal Jewelry Chicks in Hats
Antique Bronze Earrings Chicken Wearing A Newsboy Hat Farm Animal Jewelry Chicks in Hats
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$14.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Stickers Plaid Golfing Cap Chicken Stickers Seals 1.5" Round (12)
Chicks in Hats Stickers Plaid Golfing Cap Chicken Stickers Seals 1.5" Round (12)
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$3.50 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing A Gray Hat Party Baby Bird Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing A Gray Hat Party Baby Bird Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chicken Wearing A Plaid Golfing Cap Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Cards Cute Stationary #99
Chicken Wearing A Plaid Golfing Cap Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Cards Cute Stationary #99
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$3.75 USD
Greeting Card Chicks in Hats Photo Card Chicken Wearing A Miniature Red Kerchief Baby Animals #58
Greeting Card Chicks in Hats Photo Card Chicken Wearing A Miniature Red Kerchief Baby Animals #58
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$3.75 USD
Chicken In A Wedding Veil Folded Photo Chicks in Hats Engagement Card
Chicken In A Wedding Veil Folded Photo Chicks in Hats Engagement Card
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$3.75 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
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing An Aviator Cap Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Baby Bird
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing An Aviator Cap Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Baby Bird
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$4.00 USD
Chicken Wearing A Scottish Tam O Shanter Card Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Notecards Cute Stationary #87
Chicken Wearing A Scottish Tam O Shanter Card Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Notecards Cute Stationary #87
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$3.75 USD
Chicken Card Wearing A Steampunk Hat Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Notecards Cute Stationary #97
Chicken Card Wearing A Steampunk Hat Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Notecards Cute Stationary #97
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$3.75 USD
Chicks in Hats Stickers Chick in A Miniature Pink Lace Hat Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
Chicks in Hats Stickers Chick in A Miniature Pink Lace Hat Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
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$3.50 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
Chicken Card Baby Chick in Braids Funny Notecard Baby Animal Photo Greeting #60
Chicken Card Baby Chick in Braids Funny Notecard Baby Animal Photo Greeting #60
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$3.75 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken In A Miniature Wig Cute Chicken Baby Animal Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken In A Miniature Wig Cute Chicken Baby Animal Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chicken in A Purple Ribboned Hat Chicks in Hats Necklace Baby Animals Jewelry
Chicken in A Purple Ribboned Hat Chicks in Hats Necklace Baby Animals Jewelry
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$16.00 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
Chicken in Nursing Cap Chicks in Hats Pin Nurse Brooch
Chicken in Nursing Cap Chicks in Hats Pin Nurse Brooch
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$10.00 USD
Chicken in A Miniature Blue Crown Folded Photo Card Chicks in Hats Stationary Baby Animal Photography
Chicken in A Miniature Blue Crown Folded Photo Card Chicks in Hats Stationary Baby Animal Photography
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$3.75 USD
Greeting Card Chicks in Hats Photo Card Chicken Stationary Bird in A Pink Fascinator Baby Animal #35
Greeting Card Chicks in Hats Photo Card Chicken Stationary Bird in A Pink Fascinator Baby Animal #35
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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
Chicken in A Miniature Crown Folded Photo Card Chicks in Hats Stationary Baby Animal Photography
Chicken in A Miniature Crown Folded Photo Card Chicks in Hats Stationary Baby Animal Photography
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$3.75 USD

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