As I may have said before, there’s nothing like growing up in Hawai’i (where “forest” implies towering tree ferns, bright flashes of the feathers of native birds, and the imminent threat of feral pigs and mongoose) to give you romanticized ideas about the stereotypical “woodland” environments of North America & Europe. Imagined visions of the forests of more temperate biomes–home to foxes, great horned owls, squirrels, and other fauna that seem exotic to those born in the Islands–have captured my heart since I was very young.
Luckily, my pen pals understand this strange fascination of mine! It just so happens that “whimsical, stylized woodland animals” is apparently a thing these days…and my collection of stationary that fits said theme has seen some new additions in the past few days!
I’m absolutely in love with these fox-shaped notecards, kindly sent to me by a letter-friend from Ohio. They have a lovely metallic glow that catches the sunlight–like a real fox’s fur might!*
*Disclaimer: Although foxes are probably my favorite non-dragon animal, I’ve only ever seen two in real life, so don’t take my word on any of this.
Another pen pal from England sent me this notebook, which is basically an indescribable masterpiece of modern stationary. What a world we live in–one in which someone not only thought “Hey, you know what would be cool? An adorable badger armed with encouraging platitudes!” but then proceeded to put this life-affirming badger on a bicycle. This is the golden age of man.
The documentation of my woodland stationary collection was overseen by Ginger, a stuffed Steiff fox I’ve treasured since I was a child of eleven. I remember yearning for her every time I opened a copy of the catalogue for Magic Cabin, a vaguely Waldorf School-y purveyor of old-fashioned, imaginative playthings.
Actually, Ginger was originally released with a companion doll, Ferdinand–alternately her brother or her boyfriend, depending on your personal preference–though both were discontinued long before I finished middle school. Even while armed with eBay smarts and a knack for finding anything online, however, I have struggled to track down a Ferdinand to keep poor Ginger company.
This image, taken from Magic Cabin’s website in days of yore, is the only remaining proof of their time together. I’ll keep hunting, and dreaming of the time when these star-crossed foxes will reunite: in the meantime, perhaps a certain biking badger might have some words of encouragement for me!
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