thevanillastudio

The Vanilla Studio

Portland, Maine · 2446 Sales

thevanillastudio

The Vanilla Studio

Portland, Maine 2446 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(278)

Announcement   Welcome to The Vanilla Studio! Currently available: a menagerie of hand-crafted, made-to-order animal menorahs, candlesticks, and other assorted pieces made from repurposed painted plastic toys and metal parts. All are fully functional and reusable for future fun.

Like us on Facebook @ourvanillastudio for product updates and other new fun things! You can also catch us on Instagram @thevanillastudio and occasionally on Twitter @ourvanilla.

See some fun press through these links and more:
2016
...this wonderful feature in Downeast Magazine:
http://downeast.com/the-land-before-lchaim/
...The Globe and Mail:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/design/secularism-satire-and-spirituality-find-a-home-for-theholidays/article33106568/
...gift guides from all over, including:
http://nypost.com/2016/12/08/20-cheap-treats-to-deck-the-halls-of-your-home/#1
...Smith Journal:
http://www.smithjournal.com.au/blogs/life/2813-smith-journal-gift-guide-2016
...and:
http://www.familycircle.com/holiday/christmas/gifts/2016-holiday-gift-guide-for-the-hostess/
...and:
http://www.knack-factory.com/blog/your-ultimate-2016-maine-holiday-gift-guide-over-200-gifts
...plus some other really wonderful pages, including this one:
http://www.ifitshipitshere.com/dinosaur-menorahs/
...and this one:
https://coffeeshoprabbi.com/2016/12/22/reading-the-chanukiah/
... and this one:
http://geekcrafts.com/?s=dinosaur

2015
...As featured in Vogue!
http://www.vogue.com/13373897/best-menorahs-mix-and-match-unconventional-style/
...Such a great resource for Jewish information!
http://www.myjewishlearning.com/the-nosher/hanukkah-gift-guide-for-jewish-food-lovers-of-all-ages/
...Boston Magazine, you're the best!
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/blog/2015/12/04/menorasaurus-rex/
...So cool!
http://coolmompicks.com/2015-holiday-gift-guide/cool-hanukkah-gifts-for-kids/

2014
...WOW!!!
http://www.buzzfeed.com/juliegerstein/you-probably-need-this-tiny-dinosaur-menorah
http://www.eonline.com/shows/the_soup/photos/14555/whatsy-hanukkah-gift-edition
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/blog/2014/12/16/happy-hanukkah-menorasaurus-rex/
http://www.incrediblethings.com/products/menorasaurus-rex-t-rex-menorah/
http://geekologie.com/2014/12/tis-the-season-menorasaurus-rex-dinosaur.php
...Trendsetting Maine gift guide!
http://steed.bangordailynews.com/2014/11/05/ultimate-2014-maine-holiday-gift-guide-over-150-maine-made-gifts/

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 10, 2017

Welcome to The Vanilla Studio! Currently available: a menagerie of hand-crafted, made-to-order animal menorahs, candlesticks, and other assorted pieces made from repurposed painted plastic toys and metal parts. All are fully functional and reusable for future fun.

Like us on Facebook @ourvanillastudio for product updates and other new fun things! You can also catch us on Instagram @thevanillastudio and occasionally on Twitter @ourvanilla.

See some fun press through these links and more:
2016
...this wonderful feature in Downeast Magazine:
http://downeast.com/the-land-before-lchaim/
...The Globe and Mail:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/design/secularism-satire-and-spirituality-find-a-home-for-theholidays/article33106568/
...gift guides from all over, including:
http://nypost.com/2016/12/08/20-cheap-treats-to-deck-the-halls-of-your-home/#1
...Smith Journal:
http://www.smithjournal.com.au/blogs/life/2813-smith-journal-gift-guide-2016
...and:
http://www.familycircle.com/holiday/christmas/gifts/2016-holiday-gift-guide-for-the-hostess/
...and:
http://www.knack-factory.com/blog/your-ultimate-2016-maine-holiday-gift-guide-over-200-gifts
...plus some other really wonderful pages, including this one:
http://www.ifitshipitshere.com/dinosaur-menorahs/
...and this one:
https://coffeeshoprabbi.com/2016/12/22/reading-the-chanukiah/
... and this one:
http://geekcrafts.com/?s=dinosaur

2015
...As featured in Vogue!
http://www.vogue.com/13373897/best-menorahs-mix-and-match-unconventional-style/
...Such a great resource for Jewish information!
http://www.myjewishlearning.com/the-nosher/hanukkah-gift-guide-for-jewish-food-lovers-of-all-ages/
...Boston Magazine, you're the best!
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/blog/2015/12/04/menorasaurus-rex/
...So cool!
http://coolmompicks.com/2015-holiday-gift-guide/cool-hanukkah-gifts-for-kids/

2014
...WOW!!!
http://www.buzzfeed.com/juliegerstein/you-probably-need-this-tiny-dinosaur-menorah
http://www.eonline.com/shows/the_soup/photos/14555/whatsy-hanukkah-gift-edition
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/blog/2014/12/16/happy-hanukkah-menorasaurus-rex/
http://www.incrediblethings.com/products/menorasaurus-rex-t-rex-menorah/
http://geekologie.com/2014/12/tis-the-season-menorasaurus-rex-dinosaur.php
...Trendsetting Maine gift guide!
http://steed.bangordailynews.com/2014/11/05/ultimate-2014-maine-holiday-gift-guide-over-150-maine-made-gifts/

Lisa Pierce

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Lisa Pierce

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Tzedakapotamus: Hippo Tzedakah Box
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Tzedakapotamus: Hippo Tzedakah Box
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Tzedakapotamus: Hippo Tzedakah Box
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Tzedakapotamus: Hippo Tzedakah Box
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Menoragator: Alligator Menorah
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Menoragator: Alligator Menorah
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Lizuzah - Lizard Mezuzah 2.1
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Menoragator: Alligator Menorah
$85.00
Menorasaurus Rex
$85.00
Menoppopotamus: Hippo Menorah
$85.00
Lizuzah - Lizard Mezuzah 1.2
$36.00
Menociraptor: Velociraptor Menorah
$85.00
Lizuzah - Lizard Mezuzah 1.2
$36.00
Dinosaur Candlesticks: T-Rex
$55.00
Menoppopotamus: Hippo Menorah
$85.00
Dinosaur Candlesticks: T-Rex
$55.00
Menorasaur: Apatosaurus Menorah
$85.00
Lizuzah - Lizard Mezuzah 1.1
$36.00
Menorasaurus Rex
$85.00
Menorasaur: Apatosaurus Menorah
$85.00
Menobster: Lobster Menorah
$85.00
Lizuzah - Lizard Mezuzah 1.1
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Menorasaur: Triceratops Menorah
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(278)
Linda Oster

Linda Oster on Mar 28, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Adorable! The whole family loves it.

eyakutis

eyakutis on Feb 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Arrived quickly, well packed and even cuter than its picture!

Sarah Lorraine

Sarah Lorraine on Feb 22, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I love these so much. I got them as a gift for my sister's birthday and I think she'll love them as much as I do!

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Updates

The Tzedakapotamus Project: hippo tzedakah boxes individually decorated to encourage regular feeding, in a variety of gorgeous colors, with 10% going to a variety of gorgeous causes

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Tzedakapotamus: Hippo Tzedakah Box
$100.00
It can happen:
Menorasaurus Rex for Hanukkah 2016 delivery (US)

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Menorasaurus Rex
$85.00
It's a lizard mezuzah! Yes, we're calling it a Lizuzah. Now available in silver or gold, ready to hang out on a doorframe near you.

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Lizuzah - Lizard Mezuzah 1.1
$36.00

About

Menorasaurus Rex and Other Jewish Toys

Dinosaur menorahs to me are about more than just the terrible puns, they are about the crazy notion that people can have fun and be Jewish at the same time. Besides the sheer giddiness of getting to play with toys all day, what works for me about these particular pieces is the idea of creating Jewish objects that are accessible and unusual. For me, it’s about putting the playfulness of celebration into celebrating. It’s about naming these rituals and calling them our own, no matter how we celebrate. I love getting notes from happy customers and seeing photos of these pieces in action with kids, cats, smiles, and parties of all kinds. You all are incredible.

We created the Vanilla Studio as part of our home years ago, as a container to hold our creative dreams and endeavors. It's currently a home for this menagerie, an abundance of other re-purposed toys and projects in progress - and shared with my husband, Russ, who paints and draws his own gorgeous things and makes me laugh every day. Stay tuned to see what else we put in the box!

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  • Lisa Pierce

    Owner

    Confessions: I wander around hardware stores for fun. I pick up odd items and ideas and sometimes new friends whenever I walk around the block.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 3, 2016
Welcome to The Vanilla Studio! I am super happy to be able to share these items with you. Please email Lisa at thevanillastudio.maine [!at] gmail.com with any questions or suggestions.

All of my items are made by me and made-to-order. I love a good challenge - so if you would like to explore another animal or theme please let me know and we'll come up with something fabulous together.

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards