About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Tea Time Served in Style

Mikasa Mediterrania Retro Classic

Mikasa Desert Flower dinnerware

Dinnerware that shouts Retro: china in the Mediterrania product line by Mikasa qualifies. Perhaps it even sets the standard.

This salad plate in the Desert Flower pattern is a cheerful yellow, and bold. If you’re a fan of 1970s style, or mixing it up with a bohemian flair, this dinnerware is worth seeking out in vintage marketplaces and secondhand stores.

The product line includes patterns in white and a color, including black, avocado green, espresso brown, blue, gold, pink and burnt orange. There are also patterns such as Blue Bird, Petals, Capri, Dominique, Rick Rack, Tiny Bubbles and Genie.

With so many choices, pieces are pretty easy to find, and the larger pieces are marked.

Mikasa Mediterrania

The solid colors mix and match with the patterns, so there is lots of room to customize your own collection. You can also mix them with Mikasa’s Cerastone dinnerware products. The colors and styles are complementary.

(Check out a Mikasa mix and match story in a previous post here.)

However, if you want to use this vintage dinnerware to serve food, take a close look at the condition. The most common flaws I see with Mediterrania pieces are nicks on the edges. This ware is more resilient than many older wares. But it is not as tough when it comes to everyday use as some other product lines.

That said, how can you resist these classy retro designs, when you love vintage dinnerware!

The Mikasa Desert Flower plate is shown here with some tasty Dream Bars, another vintage favorite.

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Happy Easter Carnival Color

Indiana glass egg plate

Iridescent carnival glass is made by applying a finish while the pressed glass is still hot, then firing it one more time to bring out a rainbow of colors.

I got out my vintage Indiana Glass deviled egg plate, in the Hobnail pattern in green. It is a cute piece, and inspirational for an Easter table display.

This dish has the colorful, carnival finish, though this piece is a 70s version of the older glassware given away at carnivals, where the name stuck (even if most of the glass was bought by admirers to brighten their homes inexpensively).

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Happy 8th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

birthday cake inspired by dinnerware

The cake is eaten, the dishes washed. It was a lovely birthday cake, and delicious, too.

I asked the bakery to use the motif and colors of the dinnerware as inspiration for the cake, and they did a wonderful job (thanks, Adam’s Cake Shop!).

The plate is from the Meadow pattern by Corelle, which I’ve written about several times before. It’s just the right note right now, for the coming spring season, with its pretty soft colors.

The ware was made for about 10 years, from the 1970s into the 1980s.

As far as I can tell, this Meadow . . . → Read More: Happy 8th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

Colorful Valentine American Whitehall

Whitehall by Colony candy dish

When I saw this teal green glass bon bon dish in the Whitehall pattern by Colony, I had to have it.

It was sitting on a glass shelf in a secondhand shop window, highlighted by the afternoon light coming through. I had already succumbed to weakness and bought the heart candy box for the BOX.

I was charmed by the colors.

The pattern of this glass dish is sometimes called American Whitehall due to its similarity to the American pattern by Fostoria. This rich teal color screams the retro 70s era to me, so I’m sure that Colony is . . . → Read More: Colorful Valentine American Whitehall

Vintage Corelle Dinnerware Old Friend

Meadow by Corelle vintage dishes

I’m reaching for my Meadow pattern by Corelle most often these days, when I go to my dish cabinet and pull out a vintage dish to use.

It’s a pretty spring pattern with pastel colors and bright green details. It was one of the early Corelle patterns in the 1970s, and it was my first dinnerware when I lived on my own back in the day.

Old meets new over and over when I treat myself to a snack using this dinnerware. Another example, when I used a Meadow plate to serve myself a saucy McRib.

These days, I . . . → Read More: Vintage Corelle Dinnerware Old Friend

Have a Vintage and Natural Christmas

Christmas platter natural elements

Grandma’s vintage Christmas platter can do extra duty as holiday décor, if you don’t need to use it to serve your special dinner.

This platter by Fine China of Japan (circa 1980s) can be the basis for a centerpiece using natural elements, like greenery, ornaments made from walnuts, and frosted tree pretzels.

The platter pattern (so far unnamed) is similar to Holly Holiday and Holly Yuletide, by the same maker. The salad plate is from the Heritage Collection by Better Homes and Gardens. Perhaps a future vintage classic?

The painted gourd luminary was handmade by an Etsy seller, Create . . . → Read More: Have a Vintage and Natural Christmas

Shop Vintage Dinnerware All Year Round

shop for vintage dinnerware

My permanent shopping list makes shopping for vintage dishes easy.

Shopping for vintage at the holiday season? Get organized to better enjoy the thrill of the hunt!

I have favorite vintage dishes and glass items I’m always searching for. And I keep a small notebook that’s my “permanent shopping list” to keep track of them.

The notebook helps me as a place to record what I have, and the particular piece types and patterns I want to collect.

My list is organized by pattern, but I can also see having it by piece type, depending on how many patterns . . . → Read More: Shop Vintage Dinnerware All Year Round

Vintage Dishes – Just Two – What To Do?

Pairs of vintage dinnerware pieces

I like to use my vintage china. One challenge: setting a table for a group, when I only have a few of the piece types I want to use to serve the foods I’ve cooked.

What can you do, when you have only two?

Secondary marketplaces are spotty in their detailed offerings. Yes, there’s lots of vintage dinnerware and glassware out there. No, the pattern you’re looking for can be tough to find.

If you have (or want) only two of a kind, there are ways you can use them:

Dinner for two. Set a romantic, charming table when . . . → Read More: Vintage Dishes – Just Two – What To Do?

Milk Cookies Mikasa

Vintage Mikasa stoneware

I’ve been collecting Mikasa stoneware from the 1970s. I love the designs. Only thing is, I don’t usually find more than a few pieces at a time.

I like to use my dinnerware. Here’s another excuse to get more creative, and imagine a table setting using this beautiful dinnerware in different patterns.

While I use my single pieces for special snacks, like this plate of snickerdoodles and milk.

Fortunately, Mikasa made this process easier, by creating product lines like Natural Beauty, designed for mix and match.

This group has a lot of different patterns within it, based around a . . . → Read More: Milk Cookies Mikasa

Vintage Tableware for Bohemian Style

Bohemian style vintage tableware

Bohemian style features your collections and almost anything that you have an eye for. If you like it, and especially if you like to use it, just about any tableware or kitchen accessory, in many different kinds of materials, can be part of your eclectic stash for setting a bohemian style table.

Some vintage tableware accessories you may wish to collect:

California pottery. These pieces of serving ware will catch your attention, once you see a few of them. The green Wade three part server, with a top for one section and decorated with ceramic fruits, is one . . . → Read More: Vintage Tableware for Bohemian Style

Vintage Glassware Bohemian Style

Vintage glass for bohemian style home decor

If you’re looking for vintage glassware with an eye to creating an awesome bohemian style collection, there are some really cool and funky vintage glassware patterns out there.

I’ve seen several of them in my travels, and enjoy rescuing them from the abyss to come home with me. (Glass that doesn’t sell eventually gets smashed in a barrel for recycling, in the thrift store world.)

Patterns like these are too cool not to bring home to use and enjoy!

Four Glassware Patterns for Vintage Bohemian Decor

Madeira by Franciscan, this time in glass, vs china. Like the . . . → Read More: Vintage Glassware Bohemian Style

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