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.
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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

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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 redshedantiques@gmail.com 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.
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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 RedShedAntiques@gmail.com 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,
     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 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