thevanillastudio

The Vanilla Studio

Portland, Maine 3121 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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(375)

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:
...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

...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/

...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 Sep 13, 2018

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:
...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

...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/

...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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It can happen:
Menorasaurus Rex for Hanukkah 2016 delivery (US)

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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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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.

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!

Shop members

  • 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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