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2 weeks ago

Playing Mantis

Dearest Playing Mantis patrons,
I hope this message finds you well in the midst of this Pandemic as we wait to pivot in a direction of hope and normalcy. In the interim, Playing Mantis doors will be closed to foot traffic but will be operational for website orders.
Please feel free to email us for inquiries as we mobilize our website.

Stay safe……
Stay connected ….
Imelda Mccain
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Dearest Playing Mantis patrons,
    I hope this message finds you well in the midst of this Pandemic as we wait to pivot in a direction of hope and normalcy. In the interim, Playing Mantis doors will be closed to foot traffic but will be operational for website orders.
Please feel free to email us for inquiries as we mobilize our website.

Stay safe……
Stay connected ….
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2 months ago

Playing Mantis

Unbreakable hope
Wild easter eggs
#waiting to #hatch #hope #HolyWeek #easter #felted
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Unbreakable hope 
Wild easter eggs 
#waiting to #hatch #hope #holyweek #easter #felted

3 months ago

Playing Mantis

Together but not alone .
Isolate
Elevate
Connect
Waiting for spring .....#isolate #elevate and #connect
Waiting for #spring # hope #freedom
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Together but not alone .
Isolate
Elevate
Connect 
Waiting for spring .....

3 months ago

Playing Mantis

#isolate #elevate and #connect
Waiting for #spring # hope #freedom
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#isolate #elevate  and #connect
Waiting for #spring # hope #freedom

Comment on Facebook

Como Dios le dio sabiduría ha estos pajaritos de hacer sus propias casas, y el humano para hacerlas tiene que estudiar mucho, Bendiciones.

Beautiful!

It's the time just in time

5 months ago

Playing Mantis

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5 months ago

Playing Mantis

In all shapes
In all colors
We bring light with shadows
and contrast .

Have a beautiful Merry #christmas #shadows #light #lines #celebrate
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In all shapes 
In all colors
We bring light with shadows 
and contrast . 

Have a beautiful Merry #Christmas  #shadows #light #lines #celebrateImage attachmentImage attachment

5 months ago

Playing Mantis

In all shapes
In all colors

We bring light ... through shadows and contrast!

Have a beautiful and merry Christmas !
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In all shapes
In all colors

We bring light ... through shadows and contrast!

Have a beautiful and merry Christmas !Image attachmentImage attachment

5 months ago

Playing Mantis

Red heads finding home in Playingvmantis ...all the way from africa !
#madeinafrica #savethebigcats #handmade #customs #oneofakind #africanfabric #Reds #mane #Lions #brightcolors #ttibal
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Red heads finding home in Playingvmantis ...all the way from africa !
#madeinafrica #savethebigcats #handmade #customs #oneofakind #africanfabric #reds #mane #lions #brightcolors #ttibalImage attachmentImage attachment

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Love them ! I want one !

5 months ago

Playing Mantis

Snowfalls slicing opposite my destination.....skin catching flickers of its cold. I feel it touch and tingle on my face like a spark of freeze.
It is the season so far away from childhood and home.
I smile in sentimentality memorizing time. Too curt to cherish in the interim.
My son is a sophomore in college and I am now a version of old from his age point. Wood’s been carved and wool spun…delicately spreading their shape and shadow between the walls of my store. It is where I indulge innocence a little longer. Outside life grows strange and i instinctively crave more of the past and cowers from the future. My hands feels out of time in pulling the words and wool while my mind recycles memories .... spinning, felting and writing stories that inspires .
Outside Playing Mantis….history loops in many faces of fear and faith bouncing between salvation and condemnation.
Merry Christmas and cheers to a kinder kind of jolly 2020.

Imelda 2019 #merrychristmas #happyholidays #peace #love #health #christmas #toystore#newyork #nyc
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6 months ago

Playing Mantis

Snowfalls slicing opposite my destination, fibers collecting flakes from head to toe, skin catching flickers of its cold. I feel it touch and tingle on my face like a spark of freeze.
It is the season so far away from childhood and home.
I smile in sentimentality memorizing time. Too curt to cherish in the interim.
My son is a sophomore in college and I am now a version of old from his age point. Wood’s been carved and wool spun…delicately spreading their shape and shadow between the walls of my store. It is where I indulge innocence a little longer. Outside life grows strange and i instinctively crave more of the past and cowers from the future. My hands feels out of time in pulling the words and wool while my mind recycles memories .... spinning, felting and writing stories that inspires .
Outside Playing Mantis….history loops in many faces of fear and faith bouncing between salvation and condemnation.
Merry Christmas and cheers to a kinder kind of jolly 2020.

Imelda 2019
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Snowfalls slicing opposite  my destination,  fibers collecting flakes from head to toe, skin catching flickers of its cold. I feel it touch and tingle on my face like a spark of freeze. 
    It is the season so far  away from childhood and home.
     I smile in sentimentality memorizing time. Too curt to cherish in the interim. 
My son is a sophomore in college and I am now a version of old from his age point. Wood’s been carved and wool spun…delicately  spreading their shape and shadow between the walls of my store.  It is where I  indulge innocence a little longer.  Outside life grows strange  and i instinctively crave more of the past and cowers from the future. My hands feels out of time in pulling the words and wool while my mind recycles  memories  ....  spinning, felting and writing stories that  inspires  . 
 Outside Playing Mantis….history loops in many faces of fear and faith bouncing between salvation and condemnation.  
       Merry Christmas  and cheers  to a kinder kind of jolly 2020.

Imelda 2019

Comment on Facebook

U have a pretty smile

Parang sun Dalo ng Russia ading

Tan hermosaaaa

Carrying Christmas home ....
#christmas #christmastree #green #pedestrian #ny #newyorkstreets #tribeca #traffic #tribeca #celebrate #december
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Making TIME Matter

May 29, 2020/by Imelda McCain

Instagram

April 9, 2020/by Imelda McCain

Snowfalls slicing opposite my destination, fibers collecting flakes…

December 20, 2019/by Imelda McCain

Newsweek Magazine: Playing Mantis is one of the 7 best shops in TriBeCa

June 24, 2019/by Imelda McCain

From their skin to yours …..warming up the holidays the beautiful way

December 15, 2017/by Imelda McCain

Noah’s Ark Small

August 1, 2017/by Imelda McCain

necessity of pause

May 21, 2017/by Imelda McCain

Safari Chess Set

April 27, 2017/by Imelda McCain

Pirate Flynn

April 27, 2017/by Imelda McCain

Ten years after….

Somewhere in N. Moore street between Varick and Hudson is home to Playing Mantis. Behind the red framed door that chimes upon opening and closing are walls with carefully displayed wooden and woolen creations ....it is where I welcome adults and children alike
December 26, 2016/by Imelda McCain

Knights & Dragons

August 30, 2016/by Imelda McCain

Pirate Ship

August 22, 2016/by Imelda McCain

entrance to playing mantis

August 22, 2016/by Imelda McCain

VIKING SHIP – Full Screen

June 29, 2016/by Imelda McCain

VIKING SHIP

June 29, 2016/by Imelda McCain

DINOSAURS

June 29, 2016/by Imelda McCain

CHESS SET

June 29, 2016/by Imelda McCain

PAGODA

June 20, 2016/by Imelda McCain

LA MER

June 18, 2016/by Imelda McCain

LADY BUG

June 18, 2016/by Imelda McCain

Build Me Up

June 13, 2016/by Imelda McCain

Cool Koala

June 11, 2016/by Imelda McCain

AFRICAN TREE

June 11, 2016/by Imelda McCain

TIGER

June 11, 2016/by Imelda McCain

Imelda McCain – HOOK Magazine May/June 2016

May 18, 2016/by Imelda McCain

The Greenwich Hotel

Playing Mantis is featured in The Greenwich Hotel what to-do…
December 4, 2015/by Imelda McCain

Happy Halloween 2015

October 31, 2015/by Imelda McCain

Happy Autumn

“Mom, let’s go for a walk by the stream”.
Thrilled by…
October 20, 2015/by Imelda McCain

spring

May 21, 2015/by Imelda McCain

Mother’s Day

May 10, 2015/by Imelda McCain

Coming Home 2015

April 17, 2015/by Imelda McCain

Meet the collaborator of playing mantis

December 23, 2014/by Imelda McCain

Fashionable Felted Sculpture

November 6, 2014/by Imelda McCain

Animal Instincts

"Now that we are past New York Fashion Week, let’s talk about…
October 10, 2014/by Imelda McCain

Gallery Seasons

October 6, 2014/by Imelda McCain

Animal Instincts

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];…
September 30, 2014/by Imelda McCain

Autumn tales

Pumpkins and Lantern walks
I like when September's  gone and…
September 29, 2014/by Imelda McCain

Autumn at Playing Mantis 2014

September 19, 2014/by Imelda McCain

Gallery Studio Shots

September 6, 2014/by Imelda McCain

Felted white tiger alpaca hat

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];…
August 27, 2014/by Imelda McCain

Felted animal hat from 100% fiber

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];…
August 27, 2014/by Imelda McCain

Enjoying a nice day with playing mantis toys

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August 27, 2014/by Imelda McCain

Getting ready for fall with butterfly ceiling…

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];…
August 27, 2014/by Imelda McCain

AM New York – Q&A with Imelda McCain

Q&A with Imelda McCain, owner of Playing Mantis
March 26,…
March 26, 2014/by Imelda McCain

Singing at Playing Mantis

music and songs
If you have a child, are a child or never actually…
December 28, 2013/by Imelda McCain

Playing Mantis participating with Urban Zen Holiday Marketplace

Let us take you on a journey to discover the Soulful Economy…
December 23, 2013/by Imelda McCain

Snowfall

It is the first snowfall of 2013…. as if the clouds from above…
December 13, 2013/by Imelda McCain

Gallery Events

December 1, 2013/by Imelda McCain

Fundraising Evening – Hope for the holidays

Thank you all for a very successful evening - Your support and…
November 15, 2013/by Imelda McCain

Playing Mantis – a toy store with vision

Published on Nov 24, 2012

SageRock

A toy store like this…
November 24, 2012/by Imelda McCain

Travel + Leisure

We are excited to be on the cover page of the Travel + Leisure…
August 30, 2012/by Imelda McCain

Castor & Pollux – SEE: The Playing Mantis

"SEE: The Playing Mantis" December 5th, 2011 by Julie Henriette
We…
December 6, 2011/by Imelda McCain

A World of Toys

Offering handcrafted toys inspired by children and nature.
By…
March 4, 2011/by Imelda McCain

Edward Burns on Sky Magazine

INCREDIBLE SELECTION OF HANDMADE TOYS AND GAMES
“N MOORE EVOKES…
April 30, 2010/by Imelda McCain

Green toys in time for Earth Day

"Green toys in time for Earth Day"
Lauren Glassberg reports,…
April 21, 2010/by Imelda McCain

A Toy Store with a Global Conscience

New Places, New Programs for Kids in Manhattan - February 2010
by…
February 7, 2010/by Imelda McCain

Green Toy Stores

Shopping for Eco Friendly and Natural Wood Toys in New York City.
Jan…
January 20, 2010/by Imelda McCain

The Journal News – Toy Stores

Playing Mantis toy stores sell simple, handmade toys that promote…
June 29, 2009/by Imelda McCain

VOGUE Magazine

"Need it Now: Enchanted Endeavor"
by Stephanie LaCava, edited…
June 6, 2009/by Imelda McCain

The Hook Magazine

“Imelda McCain can’t help but restore your faith in humanity.…
June 4, 2009/by Imelda McCain

Nature and Nurture

NEARBY
By Lauren m. Rush

Imelda McCain was a nurse for 15…
December 27, 2008/by Imelda McCain

Playing Mantis – Treasure Box

Treasure Box
By Lynn Lozer
January 10, 2008/by Imelda McCain