100_4260According to Wikipedia, "the word Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something else entirely."

serendipity-12-thumbnailOne of my favorite restaurants in Manhattan is called Serendipity and my favorite movie Serendipity had scenes in this very restaurant.

serendipity-12-thumbnailYesterday was a serendipitous kind of day.


serendipity-12-thumbnailI had taken a drive to visit one of my favorite art shops. Next-door I spotted the shop called Special Teas.


serendipity-12-thumbnailI had never been inside and I thought that I might go in and buy some black tea.


serendipity-12-thumbnailOnce I was inside, I realized that they served a full lunch and tea menu.



serendipity-12-thumbnailThe ladies were so kind and suggested I have a peek around and if I wanted to have something to eat they could find a table.



serendipity-12-thumbnailI had a look around and was totally enchanted. I went to the car to get my book and when I returned, I was escorted to one of the three charming rooms.


100_4270Twinkle lights decorated cozy corners, desserts were lined up and beautifully displayed on the server in the main dining room. I thought everything looked so enchanting. The sign hanging above the delicious cakes and pastries says:

"Did you know that the word Stressed spelled backwards, spells Desserts?"


serendipity-12-thumbnailAs I walked into the corner room I noticed there was a fireplace.


serendipity-12-thumbnailAll of a sudden, the painting hung over the mantel caught my eye.


serendipity-12-thumbnailIt was a canvas that I had created for Cafe on the Common. I said "I painted that painting." The waitress explained that when Cafe on the Common closed their doors, Trish, the owner had given it to the owner of Special Teas.


serendipity-12-thumbnailI sat down and couldn't believe my eyes. Serendipity had brought me to this place and here into this very room.


serendipity-12-thumbnailI looked out the window and could see a pond with lily pads.


serendipity-12-thumbnailThe setting was so enchanting.


100_4260I enjoyed a delicious salad and a glass of black iced tea. For dessert I tried their homemade blackberry cobbler topped with fresh whipped cream. Lunch was delicious and the setting was dreamy and magical.


Special Teas
10 Church Street
Northborough, Ma. 01532
(508) 393- 0552

Special Teas

100_4260The song for this post is When You Know, from my favorite, favorite movie Serendipity.

serendipity-10I love the meaning of the word Serendipity, the restaurant and the movie. I think that God's definition of this word might be that serendipity is when God blesses us with something unexpected while we are looking for something else to remind us that we are never alone.


serendipity-3You know that feeling, which makes you stop and realize that we are being led to our heart's desire from above. I have heard that this is called a "God Wink." All that I know is that God loves us so much that He is even found in the little things.

When I arrived back home, I had received an e-mail from Tales From Twisty Lane. Snap had featured me as Blog of The Week. I was so encouraged, what a lovely thing to do. Thank you so much Snap.

Today is Hopeful Friday over at Cielo's beautiful House In The Roses. Please stop by HERE and see all of her beautiful collection of inspired and hopeful posts. If you have one you would like to share just add your URL to Mr. Linky.

My serendipitous day this week was my most hopeful day of all. Instead of writing a new one I added this one to beautiful Cielo's Hope celebration.

Wishing you a Hopeful Friday.


Abundance is available in my shop, printed professionally on fine art watercolor paper measuring 12 x 18 inches with a white border for framing. Abundance is also available in all sizes and can be printed on watercolor paper to frame under glass, or printed on a canvas. I can have my printer, Ditto Editions create their magic. The one hanging in Special Teas was enhanced by me painting details over the giclee' print, using the finest archival paint.
Gail said...

Nothing in a Christians life is by accident, especially if you have asked the father to lead and guide you...this morning I checked on my dear long time (since 5th grade) friend Janet, on The Lavendar Loft and I found YOU! God is so good, I put you on my favorites list and I will be back when I have LOTS of time to take in all the wonderful info on your blog. I love that the Lord lead you into that tea shop where you found your painting "God Wink" indeed. BE BLESSED

Gabriela said...

Hello Karen,

Love your painting. May be you should do more like this one!
It really looks fabulous!

~ Gabriela ~

Carol said...

I am a true believer in serendipity! It occurs too many times to be accidents & I just love when something happens like your charming story! Your painting is beautiful!

Kathleen Grace said...

Karen, what a beautiful place and what a thrill to your heart it must have been to see your painting displayed so beautifully!:>)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I loved that fact so much that I have it on my Netflix waiting to come.....

That painting is so beautiful and vibrant Karen. How wonderful it must have been to wander into the tea shop and see it sitting there!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest, How did I miss this post? I am pretty good about catching them when they are hot off the press! Just magical. Merci for your kindness! Anita

Vee said...

Now that really was a "God wink." I love this story. Were they as delighted as you were? I bet they were!

You'll so enjoy the Women's Conference. That was another "God wink" to be sure!

Ruth Welter said...

Karen, this looks like a gorgeous tearoom. How wonderful that you spotted one of your beautiful paintings there.

There are 2 tearooms here in NY where I live, that my husband and I go to all the time. I love the atmosphere, food and of course, the teas.


TattingChic said...

What a charming shop! Aren't you glad you stopped? Of course you are! Hence, the name of the post..silly me!

Thanks for the photos! It does look like a lovely place to stop for a bit of lunch. :)

Beverly said...

Karen, not only does your day sound wonderful, it turned into perfect.

I know you must have received a special blessing by seeing your painting.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

xashee's corner said...

that is absolutely COOL to find your own painting!! i LOVE it and what a GREAT painting it is, too!! :) you are an AMAZING woman and i am GLAD to be getting to know you! :) Thank you so much for sharing!! :) Have a WONDERFUL day!!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Karen that is truly amazing!! And wonderful!! My favorite little tea place has closed....but the good news is they plan to reopen in a bigger place. Becky's tea room is enjoyed by so many they outgrew the place. I wanted to tell you about the Mad Hatter's Tea party in June hosted by Vanessa. I know it is something you would love to be a part of...magic and whimsy. Come visit me and click on the link on my sidebar. :) xo Lynn

Charlene said...

Oh Karen that was indeed a God Wink! What a beautiful Post! Thank you for sharing. I would love to visit this little wonderland. I am going to jot down the information. Thank you for sharing!

LiLi M. said...

What a beautiful post again Karen. I love the word serendipity now as well. To a non English speaker it is sometimes difficult to capture the translation of a word that suddenly pops up everywhere. You did a marvelous job. I love your painting!

Cottage Style Threads said...

Hi Karen,

The painting is where your heart is, it's a sign and confirmation to follow your dreams!


Mo'a said...

A wonderful story Karen. Serendipity is a wonderful word. I don't remember seeing the a recent movie.
Your painting is beautiful and well named. I can just imagine how exciting it was for you to see it in this lovely tea room.

Fete et Fleur said...

This was a gorgeous post! By the time I finished it I was relaxed and refreshed. I love it when our Father in Heaven treats us for the day.

Your painting is beautiful!


Alison Gibbs said...

Wow how amazing and you discovered one of your works of art.
We have a gorgeous giftshop in Mornington called Serendipity

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Karen, What an amazing day for you. To find the tearoom and then to see your very own painting on display. I bet they had a fit to meet you, the artist of the piece.
Every corner looks, like you said, so enchanting. God works in magical ways and makes no mistakes on our journey. So happy for you that you found this place. Your lunch sounds delish too.

Love your new header. Very pretty!
Have a wonderful day.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Donna said...

Karen, what a beautiful post!! I also love the word (and movie) Serendipity. Your artwork looks so beautiful in the tearoom! It was definitely meant to be that you stopped at Special Teas. No accident there... Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

windy angels said...

Ahhh, serendipity. I have not previously heard of "God's wink" but I feel so very blessed whenever I feel God, and the angels, winking and blinking down on me.
Thank you Karen, for sharing your lovely day with us.

Red haired angels

Rue said...

Hi Karen :)

That is an amazing story! Of all the places and of all the paintings.... how wonderful!

I love the movie too :)


Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Love the look of your blog. You have changed it some since I visited last.
That is great inspiration about Serendipity.

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

What a special blessing God gave you. He is an awesome God. I am so glad you had a very special day...m..

Donna Longenecker said...

What a beautiful story and a lovely day. Serendipity is one of my favorite movies! Your painting is wonderful, Karen.


CIELO said...

It’s such a nice sounding word for what it means: a fortunate accident! May our Heavenly Father continue to bless you, my dear friend...



Ps: I'm using your pretty little "Hopeful Friday" logo... thanks again, sweet Karen!

xashee's corner said...

stopping in to say thank you for being the first to wish me a GREAT holiday! Wishing you have a safe & FANTASTIC holiday too! :)

FlowerLady said...

What a wonderful post. God does work in mysterious ways His wonders to perform. His blessings are all around us if we would but open our eyes and hearts and ears.

Your painting is lovely and it looks wonderful in it's new home.


Anonymous said...

I just loved your post Karen! Serendipity. What a lovely word ♥ I couldn't even begin to imagine how special it must have been to see one of your very own paintings in a shop you had never been to. How wonderful is that! I love the button you created for Cielo. Is everyone who does a Hopeful Friday post free to use it? I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Rhondi said...

Hi KAren
God definitely smiled on you today! How unexpectedly fun to see your painting in the tea shop.
I love that painting!
Rhondi xo

tales from an oc cottage said...

How awesome!!!!!!

m ^..^

CottageBliss said...

What an inspiring story...I can only image your experience, step by step, as God peeled back the layers one at a time and lead you down the street, to the tea room and finally to the very painting you painted so creatively displayed to welcome each visitor dining and take tea.
What a wonderful serendipitous happening!
Happy Pink Saturday,

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Pink Saturday ~ I hope you have a great weekend ~ Susan

The Whispering Poppies said...

WOW! Goosebumps! That is amazing, and so... serendipitous! This just puts the icing on my happy day! =) Thank you for sharing this!

Sharon said...

I came over from Snaps post and am so glad I did. What a wonderful post. You are a beautiful artist. Thank you for sharing your serendipity moment with us. Sharon

Laurie said...

That is such a wonderful coincidence!