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!  

Karen Hillman
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 Phillippi

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!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Join me on a once in a lifetime tour of Italy!

Karen Hillman invites you to join her in Tuscany, Italy June 2 - 11, 2017 If a trip to Italy is on your bucket list, Karen Hillman and RS Vintage

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Karen Hillman invites you to join her in Tuscany, Italy June 2 - 11, 2017

If a trip to Italy is on your bucket list, Karen Hillman and RS Vintage Tours would like to extend an exclusive invitation to join us in Tuscany!
Imagine the perfect Under the Tuscan Sun experience. Emerse yourself in "to die for" Italian vistas, fun vintage shopping and special creative journeys for the heart and soul. This is your year! Let us know you would like to join us and we'll take care of the rest!
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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 Red Shed Tour, Italian style! You'll experience warmth of Italy as you're embraced by the locals and invited to exclusive offerings. Laugh and enjoy new friens at cooking classes, winery tours. and art offerings. 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 renewal and serenity. We promise that when you embrace this area of Tuscany, you may not want to leave.
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Photo Michael Underwood

Karen Hillman, our guest artist

We are excited to have artist and photographer Karen Hillman joining us in Italy for our June 2017 tour. She has graciously agreed to teach a special heart and soul art project as a keepsake of the tour. Visit Karen's website from the photo below.
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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! Gather precious souvenirs to add to your art project. Little English is spoken but our local guides will interpret and help snag bargains and treasures. 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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Joining a Red Shed Vintage Tour means that you will be taken care of every step of the way, with the very best that Tuscany has to offer. Trust our 30 years in travel to know we have 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. Ready to join us? Go HERE
GO HERE to view a short video of our last group enjoying our lovely home in Tuscany.
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Interested? Call 817-310-6006


June 2 - June 11 2017 10 days 8 nights $4299 Double Occupancy

Visit our website 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.

France, Italy, England, Ireland

We currently have flea market tours to Paris, Provence, Tuscany and the English countryside, and Ireland. We are adding more destinations each year. If you would like to be first to know when we announce new trips, just send us an email and ask to be included on our "Preferred" List.
Visit our Website see information on our other Woman's group trips.
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Red Shed Vintage Tours
317 Church Street
Grapevine, TX
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