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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Noritake China Inspired By a Diary

Country Diary Edwardian Lady Noritake china

Even if you know of the book, The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, you might not know that this classic inspired a dinnerware set, made by Noritake in the 1980s.

The book was a publishing hit, when it came out in 1977, in a facsimile edition of the naturalist diary of Edith Blackwell Holden (1971-1920).

Originally the book was called Nature Notes from 1906. She was known in her lifetime as a teacher, watercolorist and book illustrator. This 1977 edition was a publishing success.

It would have been expected for a naturalist at that time to keep a sketchbook . . . → Read More: Noritake China Inspired By a Diary

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

More Mismatched Cups And Saucers | Repurpose Me

Mismatched cups and saucers in unique pairs

I saw these cups with whimsical chickens on them and I liked them. Of course, the matching saucers were nowhere to be found. I had to have them for my collection of chicken dishes.

It took me some time, but I found a suitable pair of saucers to go with them.

The cups are in the Chicken Kiev pattern by Sakura. Based on the shapes and color palette, I estimate this pattern is from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.

I really like the big chicken motifs, especially the hen.

The saucers I chose to go with the cups are in . . . → Read More: More Mismatched Cups And Saucers | Repurpose Me

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

Easter Basket For A Dish Lover

Creative Easter basket features vintage dinnerware

How much fun it is to create a one-of-a-kind Easter basket for someone who loves vintage dinnerware!

If you frequent thrift stores, you know the feeling. How can you leave that one cute plate or glass behind? Now you can assemble them into something lovely for special occasions, as gifts or décor.

Once you collect the dishes, glasses, flatware, napkins or place mats in favorite colors, or in patterns that feature Easter motifs, you can arrange them together into a memorable basket.

All the stores have their Easter goods in stock, and you can get plenty of ideas by browsing . . . → Read More: Easter Basket For A Dish Lover

Diary of a Dishie Birthday 5 Years Old

Birthday cake Diary of a Dishie

Any reason for a birthday party, and a decorated birthday cake to go with it!

The birthday blog gets a cake, even if we have to eat it on its behalf. Someone has to.

I like to look for the plates that will go with this year’s birthday cake, and then get cake decorations to go with it. Or you could go the other direction, depending on your birthday party theme.

There’s a simple formula that works for many events: choose your theme, choose your color palette, then get the dinnerware and decorations to support the look and feel you . . . → Read More: Diary of a Dishie Birthday 5 Years Old

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

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?

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!

Vintage Wedding Dinnerware | A New Tradition

When it comes to vintage wedding dinnerware, there are lots of ways to create a wedding using it, to incorporate this china into the plans surrounding your special day.

I think that meaning is the single most important factor. How does the dinnerware fit with the theme, or even form the basis for the theme?

Considerations for choosing vintage dinnerware

Motif: a certain flower, a garden theme, nautical or lighthouse designs – any of these can be found on dinnerware, and used as part of the wedding celebration if they are relevant to the bride or groom Colors: a favorite . . . → Read More: Vintage Wedding Dinnerware | A New Tradition

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