"I believe that inspiration and imagination are not only the source of great ideas,
but it is a source that brings forth the knowledge that dreams can be fulfilled. And with heart and inspiration, we continue
to get closer and closer to unlocking the soul of imagination"
- Elizabeth de Almeida
Elizabeth Julianna de Almeida, founder of Lizjul Doll Designings,
(Lizjul) creating one of a kind dolls, writes articles and fictitious stories on dolls, and is involved in other artistic
forms, such as professional singing (cantoring) and music. But the main part of this path of creativity is that it is all
done for the sole purpose of sharing the gifts given to her. It is also a wonderful tool for her to explore the complexities
of creating through the sheer power of inspiration and imagination.
The Lizjul Pryamid Compass
Compass: Dolls, Music and Writing.
They are a part of my life. They
are creative expressions, my life vocation. The order in which they come is insignificant. All three have an equal stake in
my destiny. Each time I walk and breathe, the possibility that each compass ends will gesture to one of the three
point creative forces, is unpredictable. But the force is so strong, that I have to remain limber and flexible,
so that when the arrow shifts, I go into that direction of which it is meant to go.
Joy of the Pencil, Pen,
Paper and Journal
of first writing: "I was a dreamer as a child. I decided at an early age that I would write about love
and adventures. This thought was provoked, through watching old black and white films of Nat King Cole, Carey Grant, Jean
Tierney etc. At the age of 13, I wrote two unpublished love stories. One was called A Three Week Vacation On The Love Boat,
and the other was Elizabeth and Rita's Love Life On Astire Island. I still have the stories. I wrote them in this book-keeping
notebook, my mom gave me. I loved this book, because it looked like it was an old literature book. It was a great way
to pretend I was a great author and the story written on the pages was a masterpiece. I not only told the stories, I
also drew colorful pictures to illustrate the scenes."
Love of Dolls As A Child
Elizabeth of Lizjul, favored all kinds of dolls, but mostly vinyl
baby dolls and Barbie dolls. My Mom, from time to time, helped me to sew clothes for the baby dolls. As
my dolls became worn, overtime, after playing with them so much, I'd refurbished them, by adding new hair, new clothes.
Favorite Childhood Barbie Doll:
"The 14’ inch Chrissy Barbie. I still have her."
Favorite Childhood Baby Doll: "There
was a baby doll I loved so much (African American Talking Drowsey Doll, with drawstring) I left it at my nursery when I was
small, and for some reason didn’t have the courage to tell my parents. When I finally did, it was many years after,
and my mom went to the nursery to find it. It was there, but my mom mentioned that she didn’t think I would want it,
because it was completely destroyed. I was so sad that it was ruined."
Lizjul, received the Non Traditional Entrepreneurial Award”
by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Zeta Nu Omega Chapter, and Agnes O'Grady Business Award By Mercy College,
Delta Mu Delta