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The Vanilla Studio

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The Vanilla Studio

Portland, Maine | 3,144 Sales

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Note from shop owner Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Vanilla Studio!

We created this studio as part of our home years ago, as a container to hold our creative dreams and endeavors. Over the last few years, the Vanilla Studio has been a home for a crazy menagerie of dinosaur menorahs and other re-purposed toys. The menorahs have recently, well, gone the way of the dinosaurs, and are no longer available.

Lizuzahs (that's lizard mezuzahs) are still available at the Maine Jewish Museum (see https://mainejewishmuseum.org/) and Congregation Bet Ha'am in South Portland, Maine (see http://www.bethaam.org/).

In the meantime, our studio and our lives are filling quickly with new dreams and new works in progress. Stay tuned to see what else we put in the box!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 8, 2019

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Vanilla Studio!

We created this studio as part of our home years ago, as a container to hold our creative dreams and endeavors. Over the last few years, the Vanilla Studio has been a home for a crazy menagerie of dinosaur menorahs and other re-purposed toys. The menorahs have recently, well, gone the way of the dinosaurs, and are no longer available.

Lizuzahs (that's lizard mezuzahs) are still available at the Maine Jewish Museum (see https://mainejewishmuseum.org/) and Congregation Bet Ha'am in South Portland, Maine (see http://www.bethaam.org/).

In the meantime, our studio and our lives are filling quickly with new dreams and new works in progress. Stay tuned to see what else we put in the box!

Lisa Pierce

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Lisa Pierce

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About thevanillastudio

Sales 3,144
On Etsy since 2014

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.

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.

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Last updated on September 13, 2018
Welcome to The Vanilla Studio! All of my items are made by me and made-to-order, and I'm super happy to be able to share them with you. Please email Lisa at thevanillastudio.maine [!at] gmail.com with any questions or suggestions.

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