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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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.

. . . → Read More: Mikasa Mediterrania Retro Classic

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

Peanut Butter Cookies | Vintage Mikasa China

Peanut butter cookies on vintage Mikasa plate

Holiday time means cookie time, and peanut butter cookies are a classic favorite.

You may remember them, with the crisscross tops, made by a fork.

They are featured here on a salad plate in the Buckskin pattern by Mikasa, from the Potters Art line. This china was made from the 1970s, into the 1980s.

The warm brown bands complement the colors in the cookies. Eat first with your eyes.

It’s Peanut Butter Month – Have Some Cookies

This recipe would have been created to use the standard peanut butter available 40 years ago.

I made mine with a combination of . . . → Read More: Peanut Butter Cookies | Vintage Mikasa China

Bold Colorful Dinnerware | Mikasa Bokhara China

Retro Mikasa china Bokhara pattern

In one of the prior economic downturns, in the mid-1970s, bold colorful dinnerware was also in fashion.

A friend gave me some old home decorating magazines from the 1960s and 1970s, days I remember well.

It was fascinating going through them, looking at the designer rooms, tableware displays, and the advertising from those decades.

I couldn’t help notice the similarities to some of the most modern dinnerware from the present, such as the Missoni for Target dinnerware that I wrote about recently.

Everything Old Is New Again

One vintage dinnerware pattern from the 1970s is Bokhara by Mikasa. This china . . . → Read More: Bold Colorful Dinnerware | Mikasa Bokhara China

Quilt Motif Dinnerware | Sweet for Mix and Match Table Setting

You don’t have to be using a country theme table setting to enjoy quilt motif dinnerware. But you could!

A table setting based on a quilt theme can reach into classic and traditional themes based on Early American styles. Or it can harmonize with modern designs, in sleek shapes and stylish colors.

It can be subtle, or full of bold color.

There are dinnerware patterns that draw directly from quilt patterns any quilter will recognize. Inspiration to mix and match with table linens and complementary china dinnerware sets, to make a memorable table setting.

Birthday party for a quilter, for . . . → Read More: Quilt Motif Dinnerware | Sweet for Mix and Match Table Setting

Vintage Mikasa Serves Comfort Food

vintage Mikasa Potters Art

Retro style Mikasa dinnerware from the 1970s is another one of my favorites. particularly the Potters Art stoneware china line.

I’ve written about Mikasa Potters Art before. This dinnerware line includes patterns that were designed by Ben Seibel, a well-known designer in the mid-20th century.

Mikasa brought out these dishes in the 1970s and into the 1980s. It is heavy, substantial stoneware, and was made in Japan.

It harmonized well with the handmade/handcrafted home design trend that was popular then — a trend that is coming back now in a different way.

By the mid-1980s, glaze designs on Potters . . . → Read More: Vintage Mikasa Serves Comfort Food

More on Vintage Mikasa Halo Dinnerware

Rebecca was kind enough to send photos of her vintage Mikasa china in the Halo pattern, as a follow up to my recent post about this vintage dinnerware in the Cerastone line.

(Sorry about the grainy quality. I had a snag with the download and had to go to Plan B.)

I’ve never seen this one in my travels, though I’ve seen many of the other Cerastone pattern, and lots of vintage Mikasa in general.

When it comes to finding dishes in the secondary marketplace, having a visual image helps a lot. This china is well marked but that’s not . . . → Read More: More on Vintage Mikasa Halo Dinnerware

Serve Homemade Brownies on Mikasa China

I like a good brownie, like most people. I favor the fudgy and chewy end of the spectrum as compared to the cake-like brownies. Just personal preference.

I also like dark chocolate, and when Hershey’s Special Dark came out with cocoa in the baking section, I grabbed it.

Now I’m planning for holiday baking and gifts later in the year, and testing some recipes. A good brownie recipe meets dark cocoa: someone had to taste test this!

As for serving a brownie, especially with a side of ice cream, plates for salad or dessert work well. I chose a vintage . . . → Read More: Serve Homemade Brownies on Mikasa China

Dishes for Your Map-Inspired Dining Room

Beautiful old maps – reproduced for home decorating on wallpaper, fabrics and other accessories – can bring richness to your dining room as well.

What dinnerware can you select to create your table setting in a dining room based on an antique maps theme, without overpowering the look?

We have several avenues to suggest:

Use white china with a shape and style that evokes the Old World look. Terms like antique and baroque are inspired by styles that reach back to the 1600s and 1700s, when many of the source maps were originally produced. Antique White by Mikasa and Baroque . . . → Read More: Dishes for Your Map-Inspired Dining Room

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