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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Happy 7th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

Diary of a Dishie birthday glassware

Time to wish my vintage china blog another happy birthday!

For year No. 7, I decided to go with some vintage clear glass, a theme that’s a little more Big Girl than some of the prior, younger years. Just like you might have something new when your daughter reaches the seventh birthday milestone.

I’ve got a soft spot for glassware, especially the beautiful vintage pieces you can find in any thrift store or estate sale.

Glass is tough, because so much of it is not marked. I cannot tell you (yet) the names of the patterns for the pieces . . . → Read More: Happy 7th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

Confessions of a Dish Flipper

vintage Mikasa china

I’m a dish flipper, no doubt about it. Dinnerware is my weakness. My collection of plates, glasses and mugs has outgrown the kitchen cabinet space, moved into other rooms, and headed off toward the hoarders end of the spectrum.

Since you’re here, you know that I’ve been writing about, and for a few years selling, vintage dinnerware online.

After a few years, a Facebook friend, who is also in the dish business, put up a private photo challenge group. Photo of the week, various topics, usually esoteric, like” love” or “trust,” vs. a tangible, like “bridge” or “boat.”

The weekly . . . → Read More: Confessions of a Dish Flipper

Happy 4th Birthday, Diary of a Dishie!

Birthday cake vintage Noritake china

This birthday greeting post is a bit late. The real date is in February. But we DID eat cake, twice that month, and pie as well.

The hunt for vintage dinnerware goes on, in many of the same places. Currently, I have no avenue to offer them for sale, but there is work going on behind the scenes. Cannot say when or how, just yet.

In the midst of major change – as many people have seen in the past few years — what is it about vintage dishes that gives a bit of soothing light? After all, they are . . . → Read More: Happy 4th Birthday, Diary of a Dishie!

McRib Meets Vintage Corelle

McRib sandwich vintage Corelle plate Meadow

I like to use my vintage Corelle, and the right time is anytime. Bringing home my first McRib sandwich. Enjoy sandwich and dinnerware at the same time.

I’ve written about using my vintage Corelle plate in the Meadow pattern before. Today, it was for a cult classic, the McDonald’s McRib sandwich. I’d never had one before.

There’s a lot of buzz right now about this barbeque pork sandwich. McDonald’s locations don’t have it available all the time (except in Germany). Yet it has lots of fans. Enough that there’s even a website devoted to finding it, when the various franchisees . . . → Read More: McRib Meets Vintage Corelle

Blogging Fun and Dinnerware – Dishes Galore

I saw something today that caught my imagination A well-known professional blogger, Darren Rowse of ProBlogger, suggested writing a list post, a round up of selected previous posts.

I’ve never done a story on Diary of a Dishie quite like this. So here goes.

Diary of a Dishie – Memorable Posts

My second post, back in 2008, was about having afternoon tea in Ireland. A short piece with a few photos, about a memorable day with a memorable friend. Lovely dishes and food, too.

One of the most popular posts is about tuna casserole. This one has an extra twist: . . . → Read More: Blogging Fun and Dinnerware – Dishes Galore

Depression Glass Show – A Great Learning Opportunity

Many of my dishie friends love glass as well. Then the challenge comes up: identifying glass. Most glass is not marked.

Learning the makers and patterns takes time and experience. There are many wonderful books, but they will only get you part of the way.

We are fortunate here to have our local Great Lakes Depression Glass Club. They organize an excellent show and sale each spring.

As usual, this year’s show was great for continuing education and acquisition of glass and information. More than 20 dealers brought their wares as well, so there is lots to see and . . . → Read More: Depression Glass Show – A Great Learning Opportunity

Vintage Noritake Meets Jell-O, Makes Retro Style

Vintage Noritake china Stephanie Marguerite Jello

When my sister visited recently from the UK, I made several of our old family favorite foods, including orange gelatin dessert. Some products that we take for granted here, like fruit flavored gelatin, are difficult to obtain in other countries.

And it’s the food that sometimes makes a place feel like home.

Of course, we had to get into the pretty dishes as well, and two vintage Noritake patterns came to mind as cute fruit bowls to serve this food.

Stephanie is a blue and white pattern in Noritake’s Progression line. To my mind, it is based on the . . . → Read More: Vintage Noritake Meets Jell-O, Makes Retro Style

Happy Birthday, Diary of a Dishie

Diary of a Dishie just turned 2. It’s not every blog gets to be 2 years old, and have a party to celebrate using beautiful dishes.

This blog is for everyone who loves vintage dinnerware and china, glassware and related items. It is about the dishes, the thrill of the hunt, and how to use and enjoy your finds.

Just in the last day, I got to speak with a customer who will be the lucky recipient of some beautiful, vintage aqua glassware. We talked about the colors of this pattern, Soreno by Anchor Hocking, made around 1970. It’s . . . → Read More: Happy Birthday, Diary of a Dishie

New cookbook and German china – fun with classic dinnerware and modern American cooking

Lunch at Chef Lynn Miller’s house is all about great dishes, both tasty food and classy tableware.

We met recently, and our conversation began with her new cookbook, Flavor Secrets: Back to the Basics, A professional Chef’s guide to delicious home cooking. We talked about the food, and we talked about the china and flatware.

I’m a confessed dish flipper, sometimes to the embarrassment of my friends, whether visiting private homes or dining out. Curiosity reigns. I want to know who made the china.

Chef Lynn is also a dish lover after my own heart. As a serious cook . . . → Read More: New cookbook and German china – fun with classic dinnerware and modern American cooking

Ah, garden fresh tomatoes – a simple vintage dish

Fresh tomatoes vintage dinnerware

Twenty-four hours before this photo, these beautiful red tomatoes were still on the vine in a friend’s garden. Gotta love Early Girl. There is nothing like the flavor of vine ripened, fresh sliced tomatoes.

Years ago at home, we served ours sliced on a plate with just a bit of sugar. Gourmet recipes with 30 ingredients are wonderful, but simple dishes also hit the spot, especially when the ingredients are this fresh.

My dad loved every kind of vegetable that was said to grow big, whether they were hefty tomatoes, tall corn or huge melons. What came out of . . . → Read More: Ah, garden fresh tomatoes – a simple vintage dish

A British Cup of Tea

Today was warm and sunny, but the forecast for tomorrow and coming week is, well, back to normal Michigan weather. If you don’t like it, wait 15 minutes. It’s going back to cool and wet.

But this is great weather to make a cup of hot tea, after my British brother in law. ( We wrote about this last fall, too, when the weather was cool and tea sounded so good…)

You can use any mugs or cups you like, and we have some favorites right in front of the mug section in our kitchen cabinet. We like to use . . . → Read More: A British Cup of Tea

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