Friday, July 14, 2017

Treasured Tuscany 2018

Karen Hillman invites you to join her in Italy for"Treasured Tuscany"May 4 - 13, 2018 If Italy on your bucket list, Karen Hillman would like to ext

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Karen Hillman invites you to join her in Italy for

"Treasured Tuscany"

May 4 - 13, 2018

If Italy on your bucket list, I would like to extend an invitation to join me on a special Red Shed Vintage Tour!
Imagine the perfect "Under the Tuscan Sun” experience. Emerse yourself in "to die for" Italian vistas, fun vintage shopping and treasured creative journeys for the heart and soul. This is your year!
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Your afternoon stroll in our hamlet. Photo Michael Underwood
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Grab your girlfriends, your sunglasses and a bottle of wine and join us for a fabulous adventure, Italian style! You'll experience Italy embraced by the locals and invited to exclusive offerings. Cooking classes, winery visits...This IS everything you have dreamed of.
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Yes, this photo was actually taken on the estate. Photo Michael Underwood
You will stay in the heart of Tuscany in an amazing 17th century villa, perched on a hill and nestled on a lovely olive oil estate. There are dazzling views of vineyards and villages in every direction.
You'll find private spaces for exploration and contemplation. Relax in comfort as we gather, visit, (sip wine) and laugh.
Enjoy the spirit of the Tuscan countryside as it imparts treasured renewal and serenity. We promise that when you embrace this area of Tuscany, you may not want to leave! 
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The antique and vintage shopping in Italy never ceases to amaze. Our first weekend the entire hilltop city of Arezzo turns into Flea Market Heaven and we will be there! Little English is spoken but our local guides will interpret and help snag bargains and treasures to embellish your home or your art projects. On our way to tour ancient cities, we'll also visit “secret” consignment and small antique shops that only locals can find.
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I will be teaching special "Treasured Tuscany" art projects that will bind your heart to the Italian celebration of culture, relationships, and spirit.
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My association with Red Shed Vintage Tours means that you will be taken care of every step of the way, with the very best that Tuscany has to offer. With 30 years experience in travel planning, Red Shed Vintage Tours has found the best guides, best accommodations, and the best experiences. You will have special tours of San Gimignano, Sienna, Chianti, Florence, Rome and so much more.
View us enjoying our lovely home away from home in Tuscany.

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Interested? Call 817-310-6006


May 4 - 13, 2018 10 days 8 nights $4299 Double Occupancy

GO HERE for inclusions,details and deposit information, call 817-310-6006 or email for more information
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This is the ultimate Girl's Trip. Truly enjoyed with Moms, sisters and best friends. Renew old relationships and meet new forever friends.

Red Shed Vintage Tours currently has flea market and creative tours to Paris, France, Provence, France, Tuscany, Italy, the English countryside and Ireland. If you would like to be first to know when new trips are announced, send an email and ask to be included on the "Preferred" List.
Visit the Red Shed Website for more information.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Art & Soul Italy Tour, 2017

I have been asked by a magazine who is doing an upcoming feature on my work and my art studio, if I would  share a favorite quote... this is  mine....

"Don't Dream Your Life,

This describes what this tour of Italy was for me..  if I had to sum it all up...

a dream come true.

I was ever blessed to be part of Red Shed French Antiques & European Flea Market Tours Tuscany Trip this June and quite frankly, my life is forever changed.

  You see, this was not just a "trip" or a "tour", it was a life changing experience.  

I was the guest artist and I was able to teach my Italian inspired art project in a courtyard, under the Tuscan sun, at the most amazing place called Montestigliano.

There could not be enough time, words or photos to explain the depth of my time in Tuscany, Rome, Florence, Sienna, Chianti (and more!)  This was a white glove, attention to detail, exclusive trip.  

I am sharing some highlights with you here, but most importantly, I am sharing that in just a few days from now, I will be announcing all of the details for next year,


I am putting together all of the plans for the art projects I will be teaching, and it will once again, be the experience of a lifetime!  I hope that you will join us and 

This is a very "do-able" trip with this advance notice.  You need only secure your spot with a deposit, and then you have all year to save up for it.

I assure you, no dollar amount can be placed on this trip.  It is worth every single cent and BEYOND. 

For now, here is a peek at some of the bliss form this Summer's trip......

The backdrop of our home away from home in Tuscany...  Can you imagine indulging in this beauty for a whole week?????

The cities we visit are breathtaking and so full of history.....

I threw my good luck coins in The Trevi Fountain in Rome...

Found vintage treasures galore on our exclusive flea and thrift shop journeys....

                 Including AWESOME Italian shoes!! :):)

Do you have any idea what this is growing wild out of the city walls??

CAPERS!!  YES CAPERS EVERYWHERE!!  Look at their beautiful flower blossom!!!

Sights and scenes, food and friends....non stop bliss

And GELATO!!!!!!!!

And the greatest tour guides one could ever imagine,Valarie and Susan.....

The Italian inspired art project I taught was a gold leaf embellished prayer heart, my take on an Italian Ex-Voto.....

The beauty everywhere you look..... is amazing.

  I count the days until I return next year and until then, I will leave you with two of my favorite images I captured...

Dreams DO come true..... see for yourself and join me this coming May in for The "Treasured Tuscany" Tour!

xoxo Karen

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Crimson & Clover Artist Retreat, 2017


Join me in the amazing state where I grew up for this special and decadent, all inclusive weekend.  

If you have been a part of my past art events, you know I love to present top notch, intimate and special retreats, and this 
one, I believe shall be the créme de la créme!

Fall in Maryland is a true sight to behold...a dream come true of sorts. We will be 30 miles or so from our nations capital so if possible, you may like to stay a few extra days and explore beautiful Washington DC!

 The town of Frederick which was founded in 1745, will capture your heart along with the magnificent countryside, one of a kind barn sales, elegant art projects, and the bliss of crimson and gold among fields of clover.

I have worked hard to put together an all inclusive package where much of the entire weekends costs are covered 

The greatest of these is the amazing historic B&B where we will reside, 10 Clarke Place.  Monique, the owner is a friend of mine, and she runs her business with the finest of elegance and class!  Take a peek!!.....

I have chosen this particular weekend because of the AMAZING barn sales which will be open.  

I am so excited to share many of my favorite places and people with you!  Here are some highlights:

 Thursday evening we will be hosted for a lovely sip and shop, wine and cheese at one of my all time favorite "vintage girlie" shops called Tiara Day.

  Maria, the owner and my dear friend stocks her shop with the most beautiful merchandise with an emphasis on treasures from Paris.

Over the next days we will visit several barn sales and shops including Lucketts, which is an old repurposed general store filled with lovelies, Chartreuse & Company, On a Whim, Rust and Feathers, and Sweet Clover Barn where we will create a Fall beautiful make and take project.

We will be traveling together to these venues in a large passenger van!

I am blessed and thrilled that we will be creating our art projects at one of the most special places on earth! 

 My friend Amy Marsh Draper owns a lovely historic home in Frederick where she also runs her incredible business, "Flourish."

Sometimes you meet people so amazing, you realize it is only because it was fate and the universe! 

 Amy is one of the most dynamic individuals I have been privileged to encounter on this earth. 

 Behind her amazing home sits a precious cottage where we will gather to create our art projects....

Isn't it just precious and divine?????

And the projects???  SO LOVELY, elegant and special!  

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I will be teaching you to make a beautiful antique button necklace on silk and velvet ribbon.  

 If you have a special button or two in your collection, you may wish to save them for this special project!

I will also teach you about embossing on velvet and we will create a beautiful bracelet!
 The bracelet will be in shades of cream and I will post a photo of this sample soon!

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Lisa is from San Antonio Texas and is an amazing and talented artist in many mediums.  

She will lead you in creating a stunning coffee table worthy altered book using rich fabrics, breathtaking images of vintage ladies, and lovely quotes.  There is even a pocket page in the back where you can save mementos from this special weekend.

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My dear friend Stacy, artist and owner of Whitworth Ranch Retreat in Texas will be presenting a beautiful Fall Swag  project perfect to display on a fireplace mantle or staircase.  Using sheet music, glitter and bling, you will be ready to welcome the season with joy! Here is a sneak peek and I will post a finished sample soon!


Please allow me to state something most important before you commit to this event.

 There are very limited spots for this weekend.  I need you to understand that once you register, your payments are NON REFUNDABLE. 

 The money you secure your reservation with is being spent long before the actual weekend on supplies, materials, food, deposits etc. 

 If you decide to cancel your choices are to find someone else to fill your spot, or I can send you the project kits from the weekend.  
When planning something like this with such attention to detail, there is no other option for me except that you fully understand this NON REFUNDABLE POLICY.

Once you have signed up for the event you will receive travel information and more details by email in the coming months before the event.  I will also have a Facebook event page soon where we will get to know one another and share information.

This is a B&B experience and the rooms have queen or king beds so you will be with another friend (meaning 2 per room) with whom you are comfortable slumbering with. 

"All Inclusive" means the following is included:

Your room stay at the Inn Thursday-Monday
Full Breakfasts each morning
3 lunches 
Van transportation to Barn shopping days
Classes and Art Projects at The Cottage
Sip and shop wine and cheese
Special take home gifts and treasures.

 The difference in the prices for the event is that the registration cost that is more is  for the larger rooms.  Should you choose to occupy a room by yourself, there will be an additional fee. 

 The least expensive registration is for rooms that have a shared bathroom.

The rooms are as follows:

The Poets Loft-FILLED
The Turret Room  $1,300 per person all inclusive
The Lace Room $1,300 per person all inclusive
The Ross Room $1,100 per person all inclusive
The Bamboo Room $1,000 per person all inclusive
The Pink Room $1,000 per person all inclusive

You can see the rooms at 

I do have some other options if needed for rooms at a next door Inn if needed.  

So we do need the Inn next door!  Another equally lovely B&B, I have secured the rooms at Hollerstown Hill! 

 If you take a room here, you will join us next door at 10 Clarke for breakfasts.  As I write this, these are the rooms left:

The Bamboo Room at 10 Clarke, (shared bathroom queen bed) $1,000 per person

And at Hollerstown Hill:
The Durtow (king private bath) $1350 per person
The Cottage Garden (queen private bath) $1,100 per person
Cannon Hill (queen private bath) $1,100 per person

You may see the Hollerstown Hill rooms at

If you wish to pay in 2 payments, you may pay half now, and the remaining half is due NO LATER than September 15, 2017.

You may register 3 ways:

Go to PayPal and send payment to
If you choose PayPal PLEASE click that you are sending payment to friends or family.  Write a note as to which room you are reserving.

Contact me at (954) 520-3221 with a credit card payment.

Mail payment to: 
Karen Hillman 
233 West Rich Avenue
Deland, Florida 32720

Feel free to contact me anytime by email or phone! (954) 520-3221

It is certain to be an unforgettable experience that you will never forget!