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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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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
Chicken Wearing A Miniature Floral Bonnet Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Cards Cute Stationary #93
Chicken Wearing A Miniature Floral Bonnet Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Cards Cute Stationary #93
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$3.75 USD
Chicks in Hats Stickers Baby Chick in A Tiny Straw Hat Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
Chicks in Hats Stickers Baby Chick in A Tiny Straw Hat Chicken Sticker Seals 1.5" Round (12)
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$3.50 USD
Chickens in Wedding Veils Baby Animal Wedding Chicks in Hats Lesbian Wedding Card (1) #73
Chickens in Wedding Veils Baby Animal Wedding Chicks in Hats Lesbian Wedding Card (1) #73
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$3.75 USD
Nursing Bobby Pin Set Red Chicken Wearing a Nursing Cap Hair Pins Chicks in Hats (2)
Nursing Bobby Pin Set Red Chicken Wearing a Nursing Cap Hair Pins Chicks in Hats (2)
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$8.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Pendant of A Chicken In Bunny Rabbit Ears Baby Animal Necklace Easter Gift
Chicks in Hats Pendant of A Chicken In Bunny Rabbit Ears Baby Animal Necklace Easter Gift
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$16.00 USD
Chicken Pendant Chick Wearing A Nurse Hat Nursing Cap Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Necklace
Chicken Pendant Chick Wearing A Nurse Hat Nursing Cap Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Necklace
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$16.00 USD
Photo Print 8x10 Two Chicks Bridal Veil Wedding Hat Photograph
Photo Print 8x10 Two Chicks Bridal Veil Wedding Hat Photograph
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$20.00 USD
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing Blue Crown Photograph
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing Blue Crown Photograph
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$20.00 USD
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
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 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
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing A Plaid Cap Baby Bird Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing A Plaid Cap Baby Bird 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
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
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing A White Kerchief Photograph
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing A White Kerchief 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
Chicken Wearing A Papal Pope Hat Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Cards Cute Stationary #18
Chicken Wearing A Papal Pope Hat Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Cards Cute Stationary #18
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$3.75 USD
Chick in A Nursing Cap Leverback Earring Chicken Nurse Gift Chicks in Hats
Chick in A Nursing Cap Leverback Earring Chicken Nurse Gift Chicks in Hats
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$14.00 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
Chickens In Wedding Hats Chicks Baby Animals Notecard Cute Marriage Card Stationary #91
Chickens In Wedding Hats Chicks Baby Animals Notecard Cute Marriage Card Stationary #91
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$3.75 USD
Chicks in Hats Miniature Bridal Veil Stickers Chicken Bride Stickers 1.5" Round (12) Engagement Wedding Seals
Chicks in Hats Miniature Bridal Veil Stickers Chicken Bride Stickers 1.5" Round (12) Engagement Wedding Seals
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$3.50 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
Greeting Card Chicks in Hats Photo Card Chicken Wearing A Derby Hat Baby Animals #63
Greeting Card Chicks in Hats Photo Card Chicken Wearing A Derby Hat Baby Animals #63
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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
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
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
Chicks in Hats Pendant of A Chicken In Bunny Rabbit Ears Baby Animal Necklace Easter Gift
Chicks in Hats Pendant of A Chicken In Bunny Rabbit Ears Baby Animal Necklace Easter Gift
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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
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 White Lace Kerchief Photograph
Photo Print 8x10 Chick Wearing A White Lace Kerchief Photograph
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$20.00 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
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
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
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
Your Choice Mixed Greeting Card Set Chick in Hat Photo Note Cards Envelopes (4)
Your Choice Mixed Greeting Card Set Chick in Hat Photo Note Cards Envelopes (4)
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$13.00 USD
Chicken In A White Ruffled Sleeping Cap Baby Chicken Magnet Chicks in Hats
Chicken In A White Ruffled Sleeping Cap Baby Chicken Magnet Chicks in Hats
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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
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 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
Chicks in Hats Stickers Chicken in A Pilgrim Hat Stickers Seals 1.5" Round (12) Baby Animals Labels
Chicks in Hats Stickers Chicken in A Pilgrim Hat Stickers Seals 1.5" Round (12) Baby Animals Labels
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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
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
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
Photo Print 8x10 Yellow Chick Wearing Pink Bunny Rabbit Ears Easter Bunny Photograph
Photo Print 8x10 Yellow Chick Wearing Pink Bunny Rabbit Ears Easter Bunny Photograph
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$20.00 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
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
Chicks in Hats Stickers Plaid Scottish Tam O Shanter Hat Chicken Stickers Seals 1.5" Round (12)
Chicks in Hats Stickers Plaid Scottish Tam O Shanter Hat Chicken Stickers Seals 1.5" Round (12)
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$3.50 USD
Chicks in Hats Chick in A Miniature Wig Chicken Stickers 1.5" Round (12) Stationary Envelope Seals
Chicks in Hats Chick in A Miniature Wig Chicken Stickers 1.5" Round (12) Stationary Envelope Seals
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$3.50 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
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
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
Chicks in Hats Chicken Tiny Silver Crown Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Baby Bird
Chicks in Hats Chicken Tiny Silver Crown Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Baby Bird
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$4.00 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 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
Chick in Fox Ears Baby Animal Photography Cute Funny Card Cute Baby Chickens
Chick in Fox Ears Baby Animal Photography Cute Funny Card Cute Baby Chickens
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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
Chicken in Needle Felted Bunny Ears Chicks in Hats Pin Rabbit Easter Brooch
Chicken in Needle Felted Bunny Ears Chicks in Hats Pin Rabbit Easter Brooch
chicksinhats
$10.00 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

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