Sylvan Stationary (or, Notecards from the Nonexistent Forest)



As I may have said before, I’ve always held 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 –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.

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!

6 thoughts on “Sylvan Stationary (or, Notecards from the Nonexistent Forest)

  1. Ananta Ramesh July 25, 2015 / 12:31 am

    Hey! Your adventures with your letter-friends seem so fascinating and awesome! And letter-friends is such a great word!
    How did you get started on this delightful journey?

    • sarrtrek July 25, 2015 / 1:08 am

      Oh man, the world of letter-friends is quite a wonderful one indeed! I only just learned this, but apparently we’re in the midst of a full-on snail mail revival at the moment? As a strange introvert seeking new kindred spirits earlier this year, I decided to take my chances by checking out some penpals-wanted posts on tumblr and instagram: and have been corresponding with some charming faraway friends for about six months now! There’s something so much fun about forming a new friendship via letters alone 🙂

  2. jumpyjess July 29, 2015 / 11:03 am

    Such lovely stationery! 😀 Love the fox notecards!

    • sarrtrek July 29, 2015 / 9:58 pm

      It’s going to be so hard to part with those little foxes, haha! I’ll have to save them for the perfect letter 🙂

      • jumpyjess July 30, 2015 / 8:01 am

        indeed it will! 😀 But you’ll be making somebody else happy with them, hehe 😉

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