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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Vintage Dinnerware – Pass on the Love

It is so nice to hear customer stories about how much they are enjoying the vintage dinnerware we helped them find. Sometimes they are finding the pieces to complete a collection. Other times, to start a new one.

A box of vintage dishes in the Blue Orchard pattern went on its way this week, to charm a new kitchen in a new home. This dinnerware is from the 1970s vintage Cook n’ Serve line by Noritake, which I’ve mentioned before. (Marguerite is one of the other patterns in this line.)

It is heartening to connect people with special china . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware – Pass on the Love

Tuna Salad Sandwich – Vintage China, Cool Lunch

So simple, tuna sandwiches are easy to make as the weather warms up. Keep the filling cold and bring it out for a quick lunch around the pool, or even a picnic if you can keep the sandwiches cold and eat them promptly.

Never had an exact recipe for this one. I like lots of pickles, so I head for the high side. The celery seed is often easier, but the fresh celery is nice for a change, and to give it more crunch.

Tuna Salad Sandwich Spread 2 small cans tuna, drained 6-8 hard boiled eggs, . . . → Read More: Tuna Salad Sandwich – Vintage China, Cool Lunch

Cambridge Candlelight and Cobalt Blank 3400 – Classic Shape and Style

We complete our four-part series on Depression glass used in table settings, and the table setting contest winners from the recent Great Lakes Depression Glass Club show.

Fourth prize went to Dorothy Alden, for her a table setting using pieces in the Candlelight pattern and 3400 Blank, by Cambridge. Her table setting was also displayed as part of the education exhibit.

The Candlelight pattern by Cambridge Glass features a cameo-like candle motif, along with detailed floral sprays, in clear glass. The 3400 blank has gently scalloped edges. In this table setting, the plain charger plate is in cobalt blue . . . → Read More: Cambridge Candlelight and Cobalt Blank 3400 – Classic Shape and Style

Fostoria Chintz and Spode Rosebud Chintz – Mix Glass and China

In the third part of our series about the winning table settings created members of the Great Lakes Depression Glass Club, we move on to a setting that combines elegant glass and china.

Mary Dunmire’s table setting took third prize, and featured her mother’s Fostoria crystal in the Chintz pattern.

Her table setting beautifully combined with china in the Rosebud Chintz pattern by Spode, made to go with the glassware.

Chintz was another beautiful glassware pattern by Fostoria, produced from about 1940 to 1973.

Spode produced this china pattern from the 1950s to about 1971.

Chintz pattersn, in both . . . → Read More: Fostoria Chintz and Spode Rosebud Chintz – Mix Glass and China

Heisey Orchid – A Flower Lover’s Favorite Glass

Our four-part series on the table setting contest winners from the recent Great Lakes Depression Glass Club show continues.

Second prize went to a table setting using the Orchid pattern by club member Margie Laski, who loves orchids and is president of the Michigan Orchid Society. Her table setting was displayed as part of the club’s educational exhibit at the show.

The Orchid pattern by Heisey features a detailed, etched floral motif with a prominent orchid.

A. H. Heisey & Co. was a glass maker located in Newark, Ohio for many years. Most of the pieces are marked with . . . → Read More: Heisey Orchid – A Flower Lover’s Favorite Glass

Fostoria American – Depression Glass Winner

As part of the recent Great Lakes Depression Glass Club show, the members organized a table setting contest. The work of the four winners was on display as part of the club’s educational display at the show.

First prize went to an engagement party table setting using the American pattern by club member Joan Larson.

American was a very popular pattern made by Fostoria from about 1915 to the mid-1980s. Most of the pieces were made in crystal clear glass, but also sometimes in colors. The fact that this pattern was made for so long attests to its popularity.

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Shop for Christmas China All Year Round

Three French Hens Mumm dinnerware

My Christmas shopping goes all year round. When the summer garage sale “hunting season” comes around, it’s time to check my list for the things I’ll need for the fall and winter holidays.

One of those items on the shopping list is the 12 Days of Christmas dinnerware set, designed by Debbie Mumm for Sakura. This is casual stoneware china, and some of the pieces are designed to represent the verses of the song. Each place setting includes a dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl and mug. There are also creamers, sugars and serving platters for this dinnerware set.

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Irish Pottery Mugs for Cocoa, Tea and Memories

Souvenirs can come from many places, and be just about anything that brings back sweet memories from our travels.

I’ve got some Irish pottery mugs that do that for me. I like to get out my collectibles and enjoy them. Mugs are practical, small to pack, and easy to use.

In 2005, I made my first visit to Ireland, with a friend who had a bed and breakfast business on the west coast in County Clare. Of course we went shopping, and I found these beautiful mugs at a home goods store near the historic Bunratty Castle, not far . . . → Read More: Irish Pottery Mugs for Cocoa, Tea and Memories

Casserole or Cobbler – Cold Weather Favorites

May in Michigan can mean cold weather, and we are getting that now, in conjunction with a weekend. Either one is a good reason to get out the ovenware and bake a casserole, cobbler or crisp.

Some preparation, an hour or so in the oven while you do other things, and dinner is ready!

Corning ware, Pyrex and stoneware all make great baking dishes. You many have your favorites for certain purposes. We like the Pink Gooseberry pattern by Corning, round with straight sides. Our set of three came from a “granny sale” many years ago.

Our set has . . . → Read More: Casserole or Cobbler – Cold Weather Favorites

Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo – Dinnerware That Is

Fiesta by Homer Laughlin: What better dinnerware can you bring out to use for your Cinco de Mayo party? Or any party, for that matter.

Fiesta means party in Spanish.

Introduced in 1936, this dinnerware is a perennial favorite, with many fans and collectors. It was grandma’s china, or even great grandma’s china.

When it first came into the marketplace, it was very modern, with an Art Deco sensibility in shape and glazed in solid colors. This was a big departure from the frilly Edwardian and Victorian era wares that were prevalent before that time.

Fiesta was always affordable, . . . → Read More: Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo – Dinnerware That Is

Tips to Mix and Match Your Snack Set Dishes

Combing the dish aisle, looking for vintage snack sets, it is very common to find the plates without cups, or perhaps without enough cups to have a complete matched set.

Or the cups are too small to serve the coffee or tea that you want to have with your desserts.

Yet you want to use these charming dishes. What do to?

Measure the indent in the plate so you can look for cups with a foot that will fit into that space. If the cups have a smaller foot, they could work, but cups with a larger foot are . . . → Read More: Tips to Mix and Match Your Snack Set Dishes

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