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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Milk Cookies Mikasa

California Poppy vintage Mikasa plate

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 . . . → Read More: Milk Cookies Mikasa

Vintage Dinnerware for Bohemian Style

Bohemian style vintage dishes

The first thing I noticed about bohemian style is how much it reminds me of the 1970s. This trend caught my eye the first time I saw it in a decorating magazine.

Many of the photos highlighted “found” items or personal collections based on years of living and travel.

Vintage dinnerware, found in many, many thrift store and estate sale visits. It’s a style that suits all of us who like the thrill of the hunt.

What is Bohemian Style?

There’s a great book about this style, The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney. The sections are . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware for Bohemian Style

Light Color Vintage Dinnerware for Fall Table Setting

Vintage china pale patterns

What if your fall tableware color scheme calls for light colors, instead of bold ones? Your lovely pale theme can work just as well for fall, using vintage dinnerware in light colors.

Soft and delicate dinnerware colors will keep your table setting clean and crisp. Monochromatic color schemes built around white, off-white and gray convey elegance and a graceful style.

These styles are also flexible. You can keep it light overall, or let one bright color, perhaps in a centerpiece, set off your table setting with a bit of drama.

Tips to keeping your fall table setting light

Let . . . → Read More: Light Color Vintage Dinnerware for Fall 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

Think Pink for a Stylish Table Setting

Pink dinnerware and glassware are in style for 2011 table settings.

The color specialists at Pantone have chosen Honeysuckle Pink as Color of the Year for 2011, as part of provide their color consulting to industry.

Vibrant pink: this is another color that has cycled in and out of fashion. This color designation is born from, and will influence design and fashion in all kinds of products.

When it comes to dinnerware, china and table setting fashion, go ahead and head for pink! Whether you’re looking for a feminine pink table setting, a charming cottage version, or a modern and . . . → Read More: Think Pink for a Stylish Table Setting

Pineapple Upside Down Cake With Cherries: Sweet!

Today is National Pineapple Upside Down Cake day, an unexpected addition to our Earth Week series on baking. I made mine with leftover crushed pineapple, and added dried Michigan cherries for color and extra sweet-tart flavor.

I discovered these round Pyrex glass baking dishes, which work great for this kind of recipe. A favorite Mikasa salad plate (in the blue floral Castle Hill pattern) is just the right size to serve a generous slice.

Of course, I also love the more traditional version of this cake, with pineapple rings and Maraschino cherries. Those versions have a beautiful brown sugar . . . → Read More: Pineapple Upside Down Cake With Cherries: Sweet!

Vintage Mikasa china meets macaroni salad – cool for summer

Mikasa meets macaroni

Cool summer salads can hit the spot on these hot, dog days, and all year round. And it’s especially fun to eat from a charming vintage bowl — in this case, a macaroni salad in a cereal bowl by Mikasa, Sumay pattern, Eclipse line.

This ware looks like it’s from the 1960s or 1970s. The colors are cute, and so is the motif.

The macaroni salad is something that we had at home, simple to make, zingy with pickles and great to use up leftover ham.

Macaroni salad recipe

2 c. elbow macaroni 1 c. mayonnaise . . . → Read More: Vintage Mikasa china meets macaroni salad – cool for summer

Casserole on a Mikasa Gem – and vegetarian, too

Vintage Mikasa platter Gem retro

A while back, I posted a recipe for Hamburger Noodle Corn casserole that Mom used to make on another one of my web ventures. As we did at home, I baked in a big, yellow Pyrex bowl. It feeds a crowd.

Photo courtesy of shyflea


My colleague Lynette – shyflea to all fellow Queen’s Court members – made a vegetarian version recently, and they love it at her house! Plus it made enough for her family, the neighbor and hubby’s lunch.

Here’s how she modified it:

Vegeburger replaced hamburger Extra noodles replaced croutons Combo of super firm tofu . . . → Read More: Casserole on a Mikasa Gem – and vegetarian, too

Mikasa Potters Art – classic vintage china

After visiting the cider mill (see last post) I went out and found a favorite dinnerware line, Mikasa Potters Art.

Thirty years ago, there was another “green” trend in the marketplace. One of the results was the Potters Art line by Mikasa. This is heavy dinnerware with a handmade look and feel. The dinnerplates, for example, are almost 11 inches in diameter, with rims that help keep the food, especially dishes with sauces or dressings, where want them… on the plate!

Ben Seibel, well-known mid-20th century designer, has his name on this ware. The shapes of pieces like sugar . . . → Read More: Mikasa Potters Art – classic vintage china

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