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.

I talk about Dishes

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Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

Garden theme dishes

Itchy for green outdoors? Start indoors, with a table setting of garden theme dishes!

Earth Day is on Monday this year.

That makes this weekend an ideal time to bring out the summer-y garden and floral dishes, to satisfy your need to enjoy growing things.

Start with any green dishes or glassware you might already have.

Add on the quantity, or piece types, you need based on how you’ll use your dishes, and your menu.

Do you need serving pieces, or just place settings?

All Greens Are Not Created Equal

Most greens can be mixed and matched to create a . . . → Read More: Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

Found: Hartstone Pottery Dinnerware Accessory

Hartstone Pottery Cheyenne stoneware

I added a candle holder in the Cheyenne pattern by Hartstone to my collection this week. I was almost jumping when I saw it on the thrift store shelf.

Hartstone Pottery is heavy, durable stoneware, made in the USA. You never know what you will find on a day of thrift store shopping.

I was glad to be able to rescue this piece before they came through with the recycle barrel.

Hartstone markings are not always obvious to those who are not familiar with this dinnerware. I’ve bought their stoneware for many years now, and I’ve taken the factory tour. . . . → Read More: Found: Hartstone Pottery Dinnerware Accessory

Deviled Egg Plates | Serve a Classic Dish

Deviled eggs on Hartstone egg plate Rustic Apple

Who would have thought, a National Deviled Egg Day, devoted to one of the most popular appetizers ever to make it to a Midwest holiday feast?

We always had deviled eggs at home, at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter especially, and for other special family gatherings, too. Couldn’t put them out too early, though, because they would start disappearing well before dinner time.

I never knew there weren’t special plates made to serve them, because this dish was so popular in my world growing up.

When it comes to the best deviled egg plates, the more spaces the better. My mother . . . → Read More: Deviled Egg Plates | Serve a Classic Dish

China Coffee Mugs | Java in Style

If you’re a coffee drinker, can you ever have too many china coffee mugs? I’m thinking about the stoneware kind, though there are lots of other kinds to use, to enjoy your cup of Joe.

I like tea and coffee. It depends on the menu, and the situation. Yesterday was National Coffee Day, but who needs an excuse to get out favorite coffee mugs and have another cup!

A Gallery of Coffee Mugs

Photos left to right, first the top row, then the lower row.

Taylor and Ng cats mug, vintage 1970s. They made many different patterns, usually signed in . . . → Read More: China Coffee Mugs | Java in Style

Hartstone Pottery – Sweet!

This quality pottery is handmade in Zanesville, Ohio, by “the original” Hartstone.

This company has roots back to the 1970s. It went through a period of corporate ownership, and was closed.

But in a town of 25,000, the loss of 400 jobs was painful, not to mention the loss of a piece of history. Southeastern Ohio has a long history of pottery making, and most of it is gone. Roseville, McCoy, Crooksville, Shawnee and Weller are just a few of the Ohio potteries that are familiar to collectors of vintage American pottery and dinnerware.

So . . . → Read More: Hartstone Pottery – Sweet!

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