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Embrace. Create. Renew.


Sometimes life throws curve-balls. They usually come unexpectedly and knock us off our feet. When life breaks us, it takes supporting embraces from those around us to help glue the pieces back together. One of the hardest challenges as a friend or family member is watching someone struggle. Sometimes there aren’t enough words or even more so, the right words to adequately express our sorrow for those we love. When the prayers have been dispatched and we wait for what the future will bring, we need our minds taken off our pain and to feel like nothing was amiss, even just for a few hours in the company of someone we adore.

Vincent Van Gogh said

'art is to console those,

who are broken by life’.

For this reason, I always have a special place set aside at every workshop for a person, who is going through hard times. I am so grateful to all those who have already shared their stories with me. Although it won’t fix the hurt, it may bring a moment of solace, to create something and forget for a while... to feel blissfully ignorant as our attention is temporarily diverted elsewhere. Hammering a nail into some wood can be so immensely gratifying... clobber that frustration into a nail and see how much lighter you feel! Observing a piece of art appear under a glistening wet paintbrush is immensely soothing. Feeling the soft bristles on your fingers is like a gentle touch from an angel. Doing something inspiring or creative with kind-hearted loved ones, can truly lift the soul.

If you have a person whom you cherish, who could use a little ray of sunshine to lessen their hurt, please let me know for future workshops. It would be my pleasure to gift the place set aside for this purpose to someone you love, who could use a little distraction. Allow me to help you sweeten the load for a special person who has been knocked over by what life can offer.

My family lives far away... in Africa and Europe. So far away, that I can’t physically embrace them whenever I’d love to. I know that there are random people in their orbits, who touch their lives when I can’t, and as such, it is always important to me, to reach out to someone locally as a silent thank you to those who help the ones I love and miss far away. God sends his angels, but we can’t usually see them... every now and again we need an angel in human form to touch our hearts, tightly embrace us with healing warmth and tell us the platitude that...

everything

is going to be okay

... and maybe for a moment, we can actually believe it, live it and dream it and create some hope.

I’d love to hear from you.

Contact me here and tell me your story. Every workshop has always had, and will always have, one special spot set aside. Out of respect for the privacy of what you may be going through, this gift is usually kept private, unless you choose to want to share it.

Don't let anyone ever dull your sparkle.

Embrace. Create. Enjoy. Renew.

Warmly,

Claire

THREE & ME

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Reviews

Created. Enjoyed. Reviewed ...

Had the most fun tonight with an amazing instructor and many wonderful friends! Three & Me out did themselves with beautiful presentation and amazing craft that I am excited to display in my home! I look forward to another opportunity to craft with Three & Me in the future!

Camas, WA

What an amazing experience! Claire is an incredible instructor and makes these projects so fun and truly easy for those like me who are not artsy! She is extremely organized and everything is so well thought out and ready in advance. I can hardly wait to take more classes in the future. I would highly recommend Three & Me!

Angela H.

Camas, WA

I just went to my first Three & Me workshop. It was a wonderful experience. Claire is a warm hostess and an excellent instructor. Making everyone feel engaged and successful. The materials are top notch and every detail is well thought out. It’s a great escape for a personal creative moment or a fun way to connect with friends and family while expressing your inner artist.

Camas, WA

Such a fun string art class tonight! Claire is a wonderful instructor and everything was so beautiful; the display, the art, the examples, the supplies, the snacks! So fun!

Camas, WA

This is truly a fun night out! Claire's instruction is helpful, humorous and fun! I love how she allowed us options to be creative and put our own twist on our projects. There is a lot of attention to detail with the set-up, supplies and refreshments which did not go unnoticed.  I can't wait for the next project!

What a fun evening! Claire has thought of every detail and guides you step by step through the whole process! She is such an encourager and makes you feel like you have just made a masterpiece! I highly recommend her classes! I can't wait to take another one!

Camas, WA

I had such a fun evening! Three & Me had everything presented beautifully and organized in a way that made it easy to follow along for those of us that aren't necessarily crafters by nature! Thank you for a fun night!

Courtney H.

Camas, WA

Thank you Claire Houlding for an incredible night! It was so much fun creating with Three & Me!

Hollen F.

Camas, WA

You all did such a great job! Claire Houlding what a fun thing you are starting in our community! Love it. So fun to be there tonight!

Jennifer B.

Camas, WA

I craft a lot at home, but doing crafts in a class with friends is so much better. THREE & ME makes it so easy to do the things I am interested in, without having to find the supplies and figure out how to do it on my own. I've just booked my next ladies night with Claire! I can't wait. 

Vancouver, WA

Tonight, a bunch of lucky ladies got to craft along side one of the very best. Claire's heart, is hands done one of the very best and those of us who were there got to create something amazing that we will proudly display in our homes. Many laughs and much fun was had by all. I highly recommend one of Three & Me classes to anyone in the area! Spread kindness around like confetti!!

Lana E.

Camas, WA

Art is not my strength. I don't have a creative bone in my body. So I came to a workshop because my friend made me... and I made something I now love. I was expecting to sit and watch, but landed up getting fully involved! My husband and kids don't believe that I made it myself. I'm coming again and I'm bringing my sister... she's even worse at crafts than me.

Alyson S.

Washougal, WA

We had such a fun girls night out making Christmas signs. Claire did a wonderful job explaining what to do and they turned out great! We are all looking forward to more events!! Thank you!

Kristine A.

Camas, WA

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