Thursday, March 20, 2014

Moving on. Thanks for taxpayer-funded roads and parks!

Moving from Washington to California..... this here's the Oregon coast.... I never tire of seeing the Pacific Ocean..... and the Oregon edge of the continent is rough and dreamy and soft .... Hwy 101 is mostly a series of snakey curvy panic attacks interspersed with serene beauty.

So we packed the Winnie, and we drove her away for the last time from Tacoma. So excited to finally be living inside with my faux bois, the tiny bathroom and all the comforts of home. A teeny tiny home...

Veer right and head for Portlandia!! 

One last look at stunning, cold, crazy Mt. Rainier. We shall be relying on the wisdom of government to tax y'all for the interstates, the National Parks, BLM land, and for State Parks too. Your tax dollars make interstate commerce efficient, and provide for mobility and the modern world.

Leaving Tacoma...... down the ugly and too familiar I-5. It's all Applebees, McDonalds, Walmart, Arco gas, Subway, Walmart, Jamba Juice, Chevron gas, Walmart, hatred for Obama, guns, Walmart, Adult Shop, Walmart.
I've traveled up and down the I-5 for the last 5 decades, and the small mom and pop gas stations, the small diners, and the little clothing stores and 5 and Dimes, have almost completely disappeared.

Roll On Columbia! Wahooooo......... here we go Pa....Orygun! the land where they pump your gas, (to preserve minimum wage jobs), and hate Libralls, while collecting unemployment checks, drive on government roads, buy viddles with Food Stamps, and believe we are doomed to hell and tarnation because a "darky" is in the White House. The White House, is for white people, men, that is. Oh Orygun. Once out of Portland it is pretty scary until Eugene.

We took the Hwy 101 turnoff in Portlandia.  We chose Hwy 18 to get from I-5 to Hwy 101. You see a few short hours of rolling land, and farms, and cows, and a bit of the vineyard in the Yamhill, which makes for a nice little "country weekend escapes" for the Nike middle management crowd.... Of  the view. see a lot of farms and barns for about 3 hours. Bucolic. Idyllic. Some real America......Until it spits you out just above Lincoln City.
What you pass thru is a valley on your way to the ocean side of the Oregon Coastal Range of small mountains and hills.
The rise of the Coastal Range put a permanent end to the 3 or 4 times the Pacific Ocean covered the West coast of this continent. Oh about a 3/4 million years ago or so..... volcanic and plate tectonics created a barrier to keep the waters out in their basin, once the glaciers released them. The oceans ice up, melt down, ice up, melt down, & has happened maybe 5 times or so in the planet's history. We are in another melting phase and consequent rise of the oceans out of their basins and up on to the coasts.

 We pulled into Devil's Lake State Campground...... sure are a lot of Devils in Oregon. There's the aforementioned Devil's Lake, Devil's Punchbowl, Seven Devils....... why so edgy and nervous Oregon?? The devil isn't real.

and then Newport.......

The second night we stayed at Bullard's Beach State Park. So lovely.

In the morning after coffee, and a righteous hot shower........thanks Taxpayers!

Look!! Go see the OCEAN VIEW.   I love the painting on the street. THIS WAY TO THE OCEAN.

We stopped at Arizona Beach State Park Rec Area, to eat lunch in the Winnie. You circle around under a very low bridge...... 12.6 feet or so........... Yikes and park out near the beeeeech!
Then back on the road........... Look!
Roadside Attractions!!
We didn't stop, but you should. No real dinosaurs ever roamed Oregon, but some pretty sweet pre-whales, sea serpents and marine reptiles swam in the Pacific Ocean about 25 million years ago. The Pacific Ocean filled in and subsided, time and time again, and was finally lapping against the Cascade Range, a long chain of mountains from British Columbia thru Northern California. They pushed up in the Plioscene,  about 7 million years ago, give or take a few mill....

Them's is Mt. Rainier, Mt. St Helens, Mt. Hood, The Sisters..... Crater Lake! and Mt. Shasta, Lassen Peak....  and so many more.


Self-guided tours wind through an ancient Oregon Rainforest and transport you back in time to see 23 life sized dinosaurs!  Discover the prehistoric animals of the past nestled among 300 year old trees and gigantic plants of epic proportions.  It’s almost as if Jurassic Park was inspired by this place!
Family owned and operated, the Prehistoric Gardens has been a famous roadside attraction since 1955!

Visit the World Famous Dinosaurs...... really you should.
Next, we'll head into the Promised Land.

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Just  a cute little collection of kids sweatshirts from the 50s and 60s.

Hand embroidered in varigated thread, rah rah rah! Edgemont Eagles!

and on the back, a big embroidered E!   look at the cute little stitchy repair patch.

The Seattle Worlds Fair!! cute 60s boatneck sweatshirt with the Space Needle and the Monorail. The Future of Seattle is a big drilling machine permanently stuck underground at the waterfront. Those crazy futurists!

And a simple basic classic red sweatshirt for a kid.

And a reminder, that funkomavintage is on vacation for most of March 2014, to return bigger and happier in early April 2014.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

My dog, some vintage denim workwear, and a Pendleton sweater

This blog has a dog! Our middle-aged (bordering on ancient) Pomeranian / Chihuahua mix, always has the oddest expressions. Even when he was younger, and a menace to society and blind people, he looked at you in such and odd way. I always wonder what he can see. I guess being 9" off the ground makes the people, the trees, the tires and shoes seem HUGE!
He always looks kinda sideways, yet up at us. I don't's a mystery to me. 

The other thing about him, is he always looks a bit blurry, or a lot blurry. He will be perfectly still, and the minute he figures out I'm snapping a pic, he moves. Oh well, he ain't no Cary Grant.

Coming to our website the last days of February 2014..... is a collection of vintage denim. Chore coat, and several pairs of vintage jeans.

Strange things......double selvedge Lee Riders, other cool Lee Rider vintage know us! We love old denim with delightful wear patterns. Some of the new stuff is listed........some is on the way, sailor!

60s or early 70s vintage Lee Rider bootcut jeans. wow, look at that way cool denim and the wear. This pair is available on our website.

and, another neat Lee denim piece. This  60s vintage denim Lee barn coat, or coverall jacket. Union made in the USA, Sanforized, and completely awesome. It's also on our website.

Tigger has a weird relaxed grin, and his lip always curls over his sharp canine (ha ha) teeth. He looks demonic, but I assure you, he no longer is.

 And then, sometimes, he just looks drunk. But I assure you, he is not. Not today anyway.

Looks like someone said "Cheese!"
that always gets his attention.

 Now he wants that damn cheese.  Grrr, where's that cheese?

 Here's an amazing pair of vintage denim jeans!  Look at the wear patterns.
the lines...this fella rode a horse or at least straddled a big piece of machinery to get that natural authentic pattern.
True American vintage workwear.
We think this is a pair of 40s -  50s Copper King vintage jeans.  It has a Laurel wreath button, with donut hole fly buttons with groovy patina.  They have a high waist and roomy thighs.
Straight legs. Awesome.
At our website.

Lee often produced strange transistional jeans. These have the tags from the 70s, from the 60s and the zipper looks 50s or 60s.
Lee Rider jeans, vintage blue denim workwear with.....
Double Selvedge! yes, you heard me. 2 lines of selvedge....not just one, like you always see in a vintage pair of 50s - 60s Lee jeans. Sanforized, and Union Made in the USA.
Weird I tell ya!
At the funkomavintage website.

Oh look! Tigger braved the winter snow... and he's wearing a Pendleton Indian blanket coat I made him.... Everyone loves Pendleton!

This here is a fantastic pair of vintage white overalls from Can't Bust 'Em. Union Made 50s Vintage Overalls with a nail apron and the legs have been stagged off . Made of cream Cotton Denim, Made in USA. Listed at the etsy shop.

I think it looks really cool with this 70s vintage Pendleton Indian blanket sweater. Pendleton will keep you warm and toasty!  Just ask my dog!

at our etsy shop.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sonja Heine and Ice Skating Vintage Panties

Who is Sonja Heine? well, she was an Olympic ice skater who won Olympic Gold for Norway in figure skating  in the games of 1928, 1932 and 1936.

Ice skating, according to wikipedia, stretches back to prehistoric times. Primitive ice skates appear in the archaeological record from about 3000 BC.
In modern times, for the ladies, ice skating costumes have always had skirts...and when Sonia Heine skated, they were knee length, and then became quite short in the 40s. But as we can see, once ladies were allowed to skate, their skirts were ankle length.
FrenchFrouFrou offers this lovely digital download of a Victorian lithograph of winter ice skating with a friend.

Here's a link to a slideshow on NPR, with great pics of women and mens costumes in the Olympics. Yes, now the ladies are required, yes .. required to wear a skirt.

From Sonja Henie and her bloomers and long underwear under her knee length skirt, to the modern little tiny little ruffle of a skirt, underwear views are gonna happen in a sport.

When I first saw this little hot pad at the antiques store, I was attracted to the ice skating panty shot, and because of the era of the fabric, I immediately thought it was a tribute novelty print of Sonja Heine.  But. when I flipped it over, I saw many more "upskirt" panty views!
Well, naughty naughty!

the little hot pad is panty shaped too.....

so many panties.... this is a recurring theme ... in girlie art.... because it's a nice view I suppose!

in the shop right now..... in the vintage panty department.... are these little charmers...... whether you wear them under a skirt, or under your jeans, it is always the first place to start in the morning......

Vintage nylon panties, with nylon gussets are so silky!  Ruffles and lace, or just lots of silky nylon....

Vintage Vanity Fair, Beauty Form, Kayser, Red, Black, Baby Blue, White, Cocoa Brown, and Leopard! clicky the linky to be whisked away to the funkomavintage shop.... and find the panties of your dreams...