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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A Trifle Tweaked in a Vintage Glass Bowl

vintage salad bowl trifle dessert

I have a trifle dish, but where? So I decided to make this fruity dessert in a vintage salad bowl.

I think the bowl shows off the cool dessert, and is something of a conversation piece for those like me who are interested in vintage glassware.

This bowl has a swirl edge and panels, and overall is square shaped. It’s not marked, and so far has eluded identification of a pattern and maker.

Based on the color, I’ll place it in the 1970s. The shape could put it into a later decade. In any case, old enough to be . . . → Read More: A Trifle Tweaked in a Vintage Glass Bowl

Happy 7th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

Diary of a Dishie birthday glassware

Time to wish my vintage china blog another happy birthday!

For year No. 7, I decided to go with some vintage clear glass, a theme that’s a little more Big Girl than some of the prior, younger years. Just like you might have something new when your daughter reaches the seventh birthday milestone.

I’ve got a soft spot for glassware, especially the beautiful vintage pieces you can find in any thrift store or estate sale.

Glass is tough, because so much of it is not marked. I cannot tell you (yet) the names of the patterns for the pieces . . . → Read More: Happy 7th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

A Weakness for Pickle Dishes

green glass pickle dish

When I see a glass pickle dish on the shelf, in a thrift store or perhaps at a sale, I have to look at it. I’m three-quarters of the way to buying it before I even pick it up.

I love these things, because I love to use them to serve pickles – for holiday parties, buffet dinners and other celebrations through the year.

Pickles take me back to times gone by. We would always have a relish tray for special events. Besides pickles, these would include some combination of deviled eggs, carrot and celery sticks, olives, radishes or . . . → Read More: A Weakness for Pickle Dishes

Cinco de Mayo Meets Swedish Modern

Swedish Modern glass with salsa and chips

There are always new ways to celebrate, and mix the best of vintage dishes with current holidays. When I saw this pairing of two Swedish Modern vintage glass pieces, an idea dawned. Let me serve chips and salsa for Cinco de Mayo in this vintage glassware, design inspired by a colder part of the world.

Swedish Modern is a style that’s sleek and clean. It was very popular during the 1950s and 1960s, when this glassware was made. Like all things “modern” in style, this pattern has a classic appeal. It’s timeless and relaxed. It will hold its own in . . . → Read More: Cinco de Mayo Meets Swedish Modern

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

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

Gold Vintage Glassware | Bling for Thanksgiving Table Setting

Glasswre 3-part server Georgian

Shiny bright glass, and gold vintage glassware in particular, offers a special opportunity for your Thanksgiving and fall table settings.

Warmer than amber, bright gold glasses and other serving pieces can give extra spark to complement your china.

Finding Vintage Gold Glassware

Check the secondary marketplace. This is a color from the late 1960s to early 1970s, as you may remember if you’re in the right age bracket. Remember those Harvest Gold refrigerators and stoves? Cookware was also made in this color. Learn the patterns and choose the one(s) you like best. Some of the patterns: Georgian, Swedish Modern, Fairfield . . . → Read More: Gold Vintage Glassware | Bling for Thanksgiving Table Setting

Pie Serving Plates | Enjoy a Big Slice

Corning ware pie dish

Pie lovers are very loyal to their favorite flavors. Pie serving plates are made specifically to enjoy a large slice, especially served with ice cream. Some of them are flat like regular plates, generally in the 8 to 9 inch diameter size.

I’ve written about a favorite pie plate made by Syracuse a while back.

By pie serving plates, I mean the kind that have sides, similar to the kind of dish that a pie is baked in, but made specifically for serving.

These are made for serving up a generous piece of pie, perhaps warming it in the . . . → Read More: Pie Serving Plates | Enjoy a Big Slice

Vintage Kitchen Prayer Plates | Decorating Charm

Your china collection doesn’t have to be limited to pieces for the table top. Vintage kitchen prayer plates, designed for display on the wall, offer charm and inspiration.

These were made for decorating a kitchen or dining room, especially those in styles based on traditional or country themes.

Big ones, small ones, souvenir versions, with all kinds of kitchen images, these plates were intended only for hanging on the wall, never for serving food.

Even so, table settings can also be based on the colors and motifs found in these captivating china plates, if you wish.

Artmark is one of . . . → Read More: Vintage Kitchen Prayer Plates | Decorating Charm

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

Vintage Glassware | Fall Colors

vintage glassware in bold colors

When I’m scouting for vintage glassware, the retro green and golden amber colors stand out strong on the shelf.

They are distinctive and bold, and work well with contemporary table settings based on an autumn color palette, as well as those built around other vivid colors.

Some of the vintage glassware patterns that were made in these colors:

Eldorado was originally made by Hazel Atlas, before and after the acquisition by Continental Can in the 1950s. The tall tumblers in the photo are in gold. Eldorado was also made in an olive green. They have raised dots on the inside. . . . → Read More: Vintage Glassware | Fall Colors

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