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Sep 21, 2015

by Chicks n Hens

Hello! My name is Alizabeth, and I’m the illustrator, designer, and owner of Chicks n Hens. I create custom illustrations and wedding invitations from my home studio in Indianapolis, Indiana.

My grandmother is a self-taught artist, and a huge inspiration to me; my shop is even named for the chicks and hens (a kind of succulent plant) that she grew in her garden. Her passion for painting inspired me to pursue my dreams of working in a creative industry.

I studied interior design at Purdue University, and after graduation I worked at an interior design firm. I was working at the firm when I decided to teach myself illustration; I bought books, experimented with different software and mediums, and worked for months perfecting my methods. Having complete ownership of my designs gave me a great sense of pride — it was so different from working with other designers to complete projects. About six months after I started working on my illustrations, I took the plunge and quit my job so I could focus on my small business 100% of the time.

Before I start a custom illustration, I ask my client a lot of questions. Once I have a grasp of their vision, I move to my sketchbook and do a rough drawing. From there, I create a design digitally, working from my sketches and the client’s descriptions and photographs. After the design has been approved, I print, cut, assemble and ship the finished product. My work is still evolving and improving, but doing all the work in my studio allows me to have complete control over the color and quality of each print I make.

Chicks n Hens would not exist without Etsy: Etsy connects me with people and opportunities all over the world. I’ve worked on a lot of interesting, diverse projects – from designing for a barn wedding here in Indiana to creating work for a wedding in Udaipur, India. My hopes for the future are to focus more of my time on the creative side of my business, expand my product lines, and eventually to illustrate children’s books.

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All photographs by Love Lindsey Photography and Chicks n Hens.

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Custom Pet Euro Flap Envelope Liners : Christmas Cards Add-on, Design Fee
Custom Pet Euro Flap Envelope Liners : Christmas Cards Add-on, Design Fee
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$30.00 USD
Fireplace Scene: Custom Illustrated Christmas Cards, Design Fee
Fireplace Scene: Custom Illustrated Christmas Cards, Design Fee
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$160.00 USD
Giant Tree Scene Christmas Cards: Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
Giant Tree Scene Christmas Cards: Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
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$180.00 USD
Christmas Cards (with Custom House): Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
Christmas Cards (with Custom House): Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
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$200.00 USD
Sleigh Christmas Cards: Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
Sleigh Christmas Cards: Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
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$160.00 USD
Christmas Cards (with Custom House) + Sleigh: Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
Christmas Cards (with Custom House) + Sleigh: Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
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$200.00 USD
Semi-Custom Christmas Cards, 10 Pack of Printed Cards
Semi-Custom Christmas Cards, 10 Pack of Printed Cards
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$35.00 USD
Frame Wall Portraits (Profiles): Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
Frame Wall Portraits (Profiles): Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
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$120.00 USD
Christmas Cards (with Custom House): Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
Christmas Cards (with Custom House): Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
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$200.00 USD
Anniversary Tumbler, Love Cup, Custom Glitter Tumbler, Couple Portraits (Optional Pets), Your Wedding Flowers, Choice of Colors
Anniversary Tumbler, Love Cup, Custom Glitter Tumbler, Couple Portraits (Optional Pets), Your Wedding Flowers, Choice of Colors
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$65.00 USD
Custom Pet Illustration, Custom Child Illustration, or Custom Animal Illustration, Wedding Invitation Add-on, Design Fee
Custom Pet Illustration, Custom Child Illustration, or Custom Animal Illustration, Wedding Invitation Add-on, Design Fee
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$20.00 USD
Quad-Fold Wedding Invitations, Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
Quad-Fold Wedding Invitations, Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
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$410.00 USD
NEW!- Custom House Distressed Wood Sign, Handmade Frame, Your Choice of Stain, Custom Illustrated
NEW!- Custom House Distressed Wood Sign, Handmade Frame, Your Choice of Stain, Custom Illustrated
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$150.00 USD
Custom Wedding Programs, Profile Portraits of Couple, Design Fee
Custom Wedding Programs, Profile Portraits of Couple, Design Fee
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$50.00 USD
Tri-Fold Wedding Invitation, Custom Map, RSVP Card, and Invitation, Design Fee
Tri-Fold Wedding Invitation, Custom Map, RSVP Card, and Invitation, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Distressed Wood Wedding Sign, Option 1, Chippy Frame, Several Colors
Distressed Wood Wedding Sign, Option 1, Chippy Frame, Several Colors
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$80.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Invitation, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Invitation, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Invite, RSVP, Map, or Reception Card, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Invite, RSVP, Map, or Reception Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Reception Card, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Reception Card, Design Fee
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$100.00 USD
Thank You Note, Wedding Invitation Add-on, Design Fee
Thank You Note, Wedding Invitation Add-on, Design Fee
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$30.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Vellum Wedding Wrap, Choice of Wedding Date or Couple Initials, Pink or White
Vellum Wedding Wrap, Choice of Wedding Date or Couple Initials, Pink or White
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$3.00 USD
Christmas Cards (with Custom House): Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
Christmas Cards (with Custom House): Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
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$200.00 USD
A Christmas Story Book Cover: Custom Illustrated Christmas Cards, Design Fee
A Christmas Story Book Cover: Custom Illustrated Christmas Cards, Design Fee
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$160.00 USD
Christmas Card Portraits (Profiles) in Wreaths: Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
Christmas Card Portraits (Profiles) in Wreaths: Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
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$100.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Save the Date or Invitation, Profile Portraits, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Save the Date or Invitation, Profile Portraits, Design Fee
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$160.00 USD
Floral Wedding Invitation or Save the Date: Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
Floral Wedding Invitation or Save the Date: Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
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$50.00 USD
Extra Printed Cards; Semi-Custom Christmas Cards Additional Printed Cards 10 Pack
Extra Printed Cards; Semi-Custom Christmas Cards Additional Printed Cards 10 Pack
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$28.00 USD
Custom Pet Glitter Tumbler
Custom Pet Glitter Tumbler
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$45.00 USD
Rush Order Fee, Custom Save the Date, Custom Wedding Invitations
Rush Order Fee, Custom Save the Date, Custom Wedding Invitations
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$450.00 USD
Custom Wedding Save the Date, Wedding Portraits, Custom Illustrated Save the Date, Design Fee
Custom Wedding Save the Date, Wedding Portraits, Custom Illustrated Save the Date, Design Fee
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$160.00 USD
Custom Wedding Couple, Couple Portraits, Custom Invitations, Custom Wedding Illustration, Design Fee
Custom Wedding Couple, Couple Portraits, Custom Invitations, Custom Wedding Illustration, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Custom Wedding Portrait, Custom Wedding Invitation, Custom Couple Portrait, Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Save the Date, Design Fee
Custom Wedding Portrait, Custom Wedding Invitation, Custom Couple Portrait, Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Save the Date, Design Fee
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$180.00 USD
Bridal Shower Invitation, Custom Wedding Couple, Couple Portraits, Wedding Shower, Bridal Shower, Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
Bridal Shower Invitation, Custom Wedding Couple, Couple Portraits, Wedding Shower, Bridal Shower, Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
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$180.00 USD
Puerto Vallarta Wedding, Discounted Wedding Bundle, Mexico Wedding, Mexico Wedding Invitations, Custom Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
Puerto Vallarta Wedding, Discounted Wedding Bundle, Mexico Wedding, Mexico Wedding Invitations, Custom Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
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$300.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Custom Wedding Invitations, Custom Couple Portrait, Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Custom Wedding Invitations, Custom Couple Portrait, Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
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$230.00 USD
PRE-ORDER: Blush Bridesmaid Box, Custom Glitter Tumbler, Will You Be My Bridesmaid, Bridesmaid Gift, Custom Illustrated
PRE-ORDER: Blush Bridesmaid Box, Custom Glitter Tumbler, Will You Be My Bridesmaid, Bridesmaid Gift, Custom Illustrated
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$65.00 USD
Tri-Fold Wedding Invitation, Custom Map Card, RSVP Card, Design Fee
Tri-Fold Wedding Invitation, Custom Map Card, RSVP Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Enlarged Print, Couple Print or Save the Date / Invitation Print
Enlarged Print, Couple Print or Save the Date / Invitation Print
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$20.00 USD
Most Popular Cards Discounted Wedding Bundle, Design Fee
Most Popular Cards Discounted Wedding Bundle, Design Fee
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$476.00 USD
Wedding Portrait Illustration Design Fee, Enlarged Print or Digital Files, Portrait + Flowers Only- No Invitation Design
Wedding Portrait Illustration Design Fee, Enlarged Print or Digital Files, Portrait + Flowers Only- No Invitation Design
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$100.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Custom Wedding Programs with Full Body Portraits, Design Fee
Custom Wedding Programs with Full Body Portraits, Design Fee
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$50.00 USD
Floral Wedding Envelope, Custom Wedding Envelopes, Wedding Invitation Envelope
Floral Wedding Envelope, Custom Wedding Envelopes, Wedding Invitation Envelope
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$3.50 USD
Bridal Party Programs, Bridal Party Portraits (Profiles), Design Fee
Bridal Party Programs, Bridal Party Portraits (Profiles), Design Fee
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$260.00 USD
Custom Wedding Portrait, Custom Wedding Invitations, Custom Couple Portrait, Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
Custom Wedding Portrait, Custom Wedding Invitations, Custom Couple Portrait, Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
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$230.00 USD
Handmade Custom Wedding Cake Topper, Couple + Floral Banner
Handmade Custom Wedding Cake Topper, Couple + Floral Banner
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$40.00 USD
Quad-Fold Wedding Invitations, Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
Quad-Fold Wedding Invitations, Custom Illustrated, Design Fee
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$410.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Invite, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Invite, RSVP, and Map / Reception Card, Design Fee
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$330.00 USD
Wedding Timeline, Custom Wedding Portrait, Custom Wedding Invitations, Custom Couple Portrait, Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Sample
Wedding Timeline, Custom Wedding Portrait, Custom Wedding Invitations, Custom Couple Portrait, Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Sample
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$60.00 USD
Portrait Envelopes, Wedding Envelopes
Portrait Envelopes, Wedding Envelopes
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$4.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Save the Date or Invitation, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Save the Date or Invitation, Design Fee
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$180.00 USD
Favorite Things, Discounted Wedding Bundle, Wedding Invitations, Glitter Tumbler, Wedding Tumbler, Wedding Wood Sign, Design Fee
Favorite Things, Discounted Wedding Bundle, Wedding Invitations, Glitter Tumbler, Wedding Tumbler, Wedding Wood Sign, Design Fee
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$300.00 USD
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitation, Design Fee
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$180.00 USD
Distressed Wood Wedding Sign, Option 2, Handmade Frame, Your Choice of Stain
Distressed Wood Wedding Sign, Option 2, Handmade Frame, Your Choice of Stain
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$80.00 USD
12"x16" Wedding Guestbook Alternative Print
12"x16" Wedding Guestbook Alternative Print
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$40.00 USD
Anniversary Tumbler, Love Cup, Custom Glitter Tumbler, Couple Portraits (Optional Pets), Your Wedding Flowers, Choice of Colors
Anniversary Tumbler, Love Cup, Custom Glitter Tumbler, Couple Portraits (Optional Pets), Your Wedding Flowers, Choice of Colors
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$65.00 USD
Change the Date Card, Design Fee
Change the Date Card, Design Fee
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$1.00 USD
Handmade Custom Wedding Cake Topper, Couple + Floral Banner
Handmade Custom Wedding Cake Topper, Couple + Floral Banner
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$40.00 USD

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