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
Friday, July 14, 2017
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Thursday, July 13, 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,
LIVE YOUR DREAMS..."
This describes what this tour of Italy was for me.. if I had to sum it all up...
IT WAS A DREAM.....
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,
'TREASURED TUSCANY, 2018"
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
LIVE A DREAM!!
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 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....
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 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.....
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!
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Wednesday, March 15, 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 am so excited to share many of my favorite places and people with you! Here are some highlights:
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!
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!
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.
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
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 10clarke.com
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 hollerstownhill.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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!
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