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 Violets and Birthday Cake

Birthday cake and vintage china plates

Another year older: Happy Birthday, Diary of a Dishie!

I found these pretty dessert plates with violets on them, February’s birthday flower. Looks like a few white primroses, too, on a white background with gold rims.

This pattern is called Beverly and was made by Aichi China in Japan. I’m not familiar with this maker, though my research shows they have made other floral dinnerware motifs, available through vintage dinnerware outlets.

This pattern is typical of vintage dinnerware designs from the 1950s and 1960s.

There are lots of floral dinnerware patterns available among vintage wares. I only found . . . → Read More: Vintage Violets and Birthday Cake

Vintage Dinnerware Christmas Toys

Vintage Salem china candle holders

It’s time to plan for holiday dinnerware, especially if you’re using vintage patterns. The special pieces you want to use for your menu, and to enhance your table setting, can take time to find.

These candle holders in the Noel pattern by Salem (made in Japan) are the kind of sweet little addition to add charm to your holiday table setting.

The applied pattern – a Christmas tree with toys and packages tucked below – is used on some other vintage dinnerware patterns. This means you can mix and match them with other, similar holiday patterns, or any pattern . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware Christmas Toys

Vintage Tableware for Bohemian Style

Bohemian style vintage tableware

Bohemian style features your collections and almost anything that you have an eye for. If you like it, and especially if you like to use it, just about any tableware or kitchen accessory, in many different kinds of materials, can be part of your eclectic stash for setting a bohemian style table.

Some vintage tableware accessories you may wish to collect:

California pottery. These pieces of serving ware will catch your attention, once you see a few of them. The green Wade three part server, with a top for one section and decorated with ceramic fruits, is one . . . → Read More: Vintage Tableware for Bohemian Style

Holiday Dinnerware On Your List?

oval ceramic dish handcrafted

I’ve been in the grocery store a lot lately, and seen ladies with their lists, checking off the items they need for their holiday party menus.

(Sorry guys. I know some of you plan, too.)

They are planning for the food they’ll serve for special days coming soon: Thanksgiving and Christmas among them.

I wonder if they are planning for their dinnerware and serving pieces as much as the cooking.

I’ll bet many of them are.

Having the right dinnerware and serving pieces is all part of pulling off an enjoyable holiday dinner. (Planners know the benefits of forethought. Some . . . → Read More: Holiday Dinnerware On Your List?

Enjoy Fruits of Fall Dinnerware Patterns

August is high time for fruits we love, and dinnerware patterns that feature these fall fruits are in season all year round.

On my list of favorite fruits: apples, peaches, pears, grapes and plums.

Dishes that feature these motifs catch my eye when I’m out scouting for dinnerware and glassware, just as their inspirations are when I visit the farmer’s market.

Luscious fruit always looks good on my table, from the foods to the dinnerware.

Classic Colors – Tasty Themes

When I saw this group of vintage bread plates, the “that’s mine” bell sounded in my head.

Of course, I . . . → Read More: Enjoy Fruits of Fall Dinnerware Patterns

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

Irish Linen And Vintage Dishes

Irish linen tea towel with vintage glass and china

Mix and match china, glass and linens on your table setting to create something original and unique. Bring the best of old and new together to delight your guests, even before they sit down to dinner.

Painting with dinnerware, and accessories, too.

A new Irish tea towel, in a linen and cotton blend, can work as a bread cloth to line a basket of rolls, muffins, or slices of soda bread for your St. Patrick’s Day dinner. The woven-in motifs just shout “Ireland.” The fiber blend makes for easy care.

This cloth happens to be new, brought back from a . . . → Read More: Irish Linen And Vintage Dishes

I Bought The Orphan Cups

Vingate Royal Doulton cups Fireglow china

Tips to use mismatched cups and saucers for an eclectic table setting

If you shop thrift stores for dinnerware, you’ve probably done it, too. You just have to have those darling, charming, funky, lovely, delicate, classy, retro or just plain wonderful vintage cups in the store, even though the saucers are nowhere to be found.

You scoured the store. Because other shoppers will move things around, and you might find the fourth glass, for example, with the wooden ware. Or the underwear.

And you’ve returned to the store, asked the clerks, tried all the area stores of that kind, and . . . → Read More: I Bought The Orphan Cups

Complementing Vintage Dinnerware – Cherry Thieves

Cherry Thieves is a vintage Johnson Brothers china pattern from the late 1960s. It features birds and cherries, on stylized tree branches.

A reader, Priya, wrote to me about this pattern, and I’ve been looking into it ever since. I’ve never found this pattern, though I have had a similar one from the Johnson Brothers’ Old Granite line.

Here’s the question: what can one do to pull together a charming table setting, without more dinnerware in the same pattern?

Start With The Goal In Mind

Take your color and shape cues from the Cherry Thieves pattern, and decide how eclectic . . . → Read More: Complementing Vintage Dinnerware – Cherry Thieves

Enjoy Traditional Blue and White Dinnerware

Blue and white dinnerware is popular for both traditional and causal table settings. These colors convey a crisp and calm vibe. Blue is a favorite color. Why not jump at the chance to use more of it when closing dinnerware for daily use and for entertaining.

The world of traditional dinnerware has expanded beyond what it may have been in past decades, to include a broader spectrum that runs from more formal to more casual. When you think about your table setting — and want to keep it in the traditional style – you have a larger panorama to consider.

. . . → Read More: Enjoy Traditional Blue and White Dinnerware

Sears Federalist China – Is There a Replacement?

Someone asked me about a replacement pattern for Federalist china, produced by Sears in the late 1960s and 1970s. This traditional white dinnerware remains sought-after by its tenacious fans, all these years later.

Specifically, the plain white Federalist, though this china was also produced in a few solid colors.

I’ve been looking in all my thrift store travels for months, and have not found so much as a cracked cup or chipped saucer. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

The only thing I did find, shown here, is a single soup bowl in the Country French pattern, which is the . . . → Read More: Sears Federalist China – Is There a Replacement?

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