About the Blog

      Sailing over a Cardboard Sea was founded, in February of 2009, as an attempt by Randi to document her life and interest in all things vintage- to serve as her personal journal, if you will. Soon after its foundation, the Sea received its first follower and has continued to grow ever since. Never did Randi dream, especially in those early months, that over two hundred people would be interested in what she has to say. Thanks to all who follow the Sea, Randi is inspired to keep writing, photographing and wearing fabulous old clothes.
       Since its foundation, Sailing over a Cardboard Sea has recorded four different residences and three distinct phases in Randi's life. It has recorded haircuts, birthdays, vacations, pets, inspirations, hopes and dreams, and has become a wonderful scrap book and memory bank. The blog, in fact, is serving the very purpose it was created for- it is, and will continue to be, Randi's time capsule.
        Recently, the blog has undergone a transformation from "nonsense and rambling with a vintage twist" to "celebrating vintage style and seaside living" to better fit Randi's growing interest in the beach. Though the blog is still full of nonsense and rambling, the author feels as though the new tag line will help to incorporate her interests and perhaps attract readers with similar diversions. The Cardboard Sea is constantly changing with the ebb and flow of Randi's interests and moods and she wouldn't have it any other way.

What is This Blog About?
         Simply put, nothing and everything. Randi writes about what she feels like writing about and sometimes what she think readers might find interesting; perhaps you could say the uniting theme here is Randi herself. Sometimes the blog serves as a soap box, other times a pin board for inspiration but most of all, it is simply a show and tell.

Where Did the Title Come From?
Sailing over a Cardboard Sea is a lyric from one of Randi's favorite songs, "It's Only a Paper Moon" by Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg and Billy Rose.

Say, it's only a paper moon
Sailing over a cardboard sea
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me

Yes, it's only a canvas sky
Hanging over a muslin tree
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me

Without your love
It's a honky-tonk parade
Without your love
It's a melody played in a penny arcade

It's a Barnum and Bailey world
Just as phony as it can be
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me

Randi recalls that first time she heard this song it really struck a chord with her, and reminded her that  "life is much more meaningful when you've got someone by your side, believing in you. And when you haven't, it's easy to think that all that is good in life is absolute hokum."

She chose the second line of the song for a title because she liked the imagery and also because she felt that her favorite lines "but it wouldn't be make-believe, if you believed in me" were far too long and "a little pathetic" for a blog title.
Randi feels that her blog title can be read many ways. In the context of the song, the cardboard sea, along with her favorite image, the paper moon, represent the artifice and "make-believe" that make up life. To be sailing over this sea, especially with someone else on board, makes life a little more worthwhile and a little less trite.   

Other Information

The author tries her best to give credit to her sources and to link images back to their origin. If you see a photograph that belongs to you and you have not been given credit or would like it removed, please email Randi at ginger.at.the.sea@gmail.com.
In the same vein, if you borrow any original images from this site, please give credit where credit is due and link back to this blog.

Blog Decor
Decorating the blog is one of Randi's favorite parts of being a blogger which is why her blog decor is constantly changing. Headers and buttons featured on this site are created by Randi using images she has found around the web.
Randi's favorite sources for banner material are:
The Vintage Moth
The Graphics Fairy
ClipArt ETC

About Randi
For contact information or more information about Randi please visit the About Randi page.

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