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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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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 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
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 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 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 A White Nurse's Hat Refrigerator Nursing Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing A White Nurse's Hat Refrigerator Nursing Magnet
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$4.00 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
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
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
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
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
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
Chicken Card Chick in Rabbit Easter Bunny Ears Folded Photo Greeting Notecard Baby Animals (1)
Chicken Card Chick in Rabbit Easter Bunny Ears Folded Photo Greeting Notecard Baby Animals (1)
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$3.75 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
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
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
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
Chicks in Hats Chicken In A Miniature Santa Hat Cute Chickens Baby Animal Christmas Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken In A Miniature Santa Hat Cute Chickens Baby Animal Christmas Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chickens Wedding Top Hat Veil Baby Animal Marriage Card Chicks in Hats (1) #77
Chickens Wedding Top Hat Veil Baby Animal Marriage Card Chicks in Hats (1) #77
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$3.75 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Point Blue Crocheted Hat Rigid Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Point Blue Crocheted Hat Rigid 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
Greeting Card Chick in Nurse Cap Folded Photo Nursing Stationary Baby Animal Photography
Greeting Card Chick in Nurse Cap Folded Photo Nursing Stationary Baby Animal Photography
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$3.75 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Blue Crown Rigid Baby Animal Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken in A Blue Crown Rigid Baby Animal Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing A Patchwork Top Hat Party Funny Baby Bird Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing A Patchwork Top Hat Party Funny Baby Bird Magnet
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$4.00 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
Bobby Pin Set (3) Chicks in Hats Hair Accessories Three Chickens Chicken Hairpins Pins
Bobby Pin Set (3) Chicks in Hats Hair Accessories Three Chickens Chicken Hairpins Pins
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$12.00 USD
Chicken in Nursing Cap Chicks in Hats Pin Nurse Brooch Baby Animals
Chicken in Nursing Cap Chicks in Hats Pin Nurse Brooch Baby Animals
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$10.00 USD
Chicken Wearing A Miniature Pilgrim Hat Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Cards Cute Stationary #92
Chicken Wearing A Miniature Pilgrim Hat Chicks in Hats Baby Animal Cards Cute Stationary #92
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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 Red Straw Hat Folded Photo Chicks In Hats Card Baby Animal Photography
Chicken in A Red Straw Hat Folded Photo Chicks In Hats Card Baby Animal Photography
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$3.75 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
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
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
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
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
Cute Card Chicks In Hats Miniature Kerchief Chicken Stationary Baby Animal Photography
Cute Card Chicks In Hats Miniature Kerchief Chicken Stationary Baby Animal Photography
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$3.75 USD
Chicken Greeting Card Chick in Rainbow Hat Stationary Baby Animals
Chicken Greeting Card Chick in Rainbow Hat Stationary Baby Animals
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$3.75 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
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
Chicken Necklace Chick Wearing A Nurse's Hat Nursing Cap Pendant Chicks in Hats Baby Animals
Chicken Necklace Chick Wearing A Nurse's Hat Nursing Cap Pendant Chicks in Hats Baby Animals
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$16.00 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
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
Chicks in Hats Chickens Hats Baby Animal Magnets (20) You Choose!
Chicks in Hats Chickens Hats Baby Animal Magnets (20) You Choose!
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$60.00 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
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing A Blonde Wig Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Baby Bird
Chicks in Hats Chicken Wearing A Blonde Wig Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Baby Bird
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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
Chickens Wedding Chicks in Hats Rigid Rectangle Baby Animal Magnet
Chickens Wedding Chicks in Hats Rigid Rectangle Baby Animal Magnet
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$4.00 USD
Chicken Wearing A Miniature Crown Rigid Rectangle Photo Magnet Chicks in Hats
Chicken Wearing A Miniature Crown Rigid Rectangle Photo Magnet Chicks in Hats
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$4.00 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
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
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 Chicken In A Miniature Pink Bonnet Cute Chickens Baby Animal Easter Magnet
Chicks in Hats Chicken In A Miniature Pink Bonnet Cute Chickens Baby Animal Easter Magnet
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$4.00 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 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
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 Top Hats Chickens Chicken Card Funny Baby Animal Photography
Chicks in Top Hats Chickens Chicken Card Funny Baby Animal Photography
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$3.75 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
Mixed Chicks in Hats Greeting Card Set Chickens Hats Photo Note Cards (20) You Choose!
Mixed Chicks in Hats Greeting Card Set Chickens Hats Photo Note Cards (20) You Choose!
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$55.00 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
Chickens in Hats Chicken Wedding Miniature Bridal Veil Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Baby Animals
Chickens in Hats Chicken Wedding Miniature Bridal Veil Rigid Rectangle Refrigerator Magnet Baby Animals
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$4.00 USD

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