UPDATE : 23 March 2020

A Note From Marie

To my fellow bloggers I am sending my first bulletin regarding my situation, health-wise.

I deeply appreciate the good wishes you have sent me and it is touching to know I'm not forgotten. I have had a very illness-free life so it was a surprise when I had a life-threatening medical emergency necessitating surgery followed by two months in hospital and another 4-5 months under the care of a hospital-in-the-home service. I am improving from day to day. I am pleased to report that I have regained strength in walking (now without aids) and I am becoming more independent and almost well enough to cope with living alone.

My daughter saved my life in so many ways. She refused to give up on me and she nagged and bullied (in the nicest possible way)and persuaded me to believe the fight was worth fighting. She lives in the same street only a minute or two away if help is needed.

My problems melt into insignificance with the pandemic now affecting the lives of every person living on the planet. I wish you all a safe journey through the mayhem of life changing rules and the attack on the economy.

A big thank you to all of you for your thoughtfulness and good wishes.

From Marie aka Ozstuff

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Three Muses Challenge 21 - Long Ago And Far Away

Hi it's me Ann and this week's theme is LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY. I wonder what that will mean to you, will it be a strange and exotic land, a fairy tale, a famous person, part of your family history or something else entirely?

Just in case you need a little inspiration here is my sample, a tale from Mabel's childhood.

And remember at the Three Muses anything goes so whether you stamp, embroider, make it with fabric, paper or clay, paint it or do it digital we can't wait to see what you come up with. Most of all enjoy.

(Credits on my blog.)


  1. Ann, your sample picture is priceless. My "Long ago and far away" entry is on my blog:


  2. i can''t upload my image.
    Because of a internal error, so ik will try it later again. oke ??

  3. 'Long ago and far away' is on my blog, hope you had a great holiday, Ann!

  4. Hurrrray...it seems that blogger fixed it.
    Wacky me !!!
    Glad to see you're back Ann ( sorry that i didn't mension it earlier !!)
    I hope you've had a wonderfull time!!
    I will add a comment on your blog about your piece. Oke ?
    "see you there :-) "
    Owww....and mine in on my blog. LOL

  5. Here is my entry.


  6. http://wwwpeggysamusement.blogspot.com/2009/10/3-muses.html
    For your enjoyment. Pages from an old book, The Arabian Knights.

  7. It's good to see Miss Ann back at the easel again (so to speak) with her inspiring piece. Mine is on my blog.

  8. Oh, boy, this is a great prompt! Here's my new journal page

  9. http://ravenpainting.blogspot.com/2009/10/long-ago-and-far-away.html

    I went way, way back. Great challenge- my entry is on my blog.

  10. Here is my artcard. Thank you for looking.

  11. Here's my piece:


    Thank you so much for these challenges. They've really had me dive back in to creating again after a very very very long break. :-)

  12. I chose the long ago part of the challenge. My tag is here. Thanks again for this wonderful challenge!

  13. Welcome back Ann - I trust you enjoyed yourself?! What a great scenario!
    Here's my entry!!

  14. What a fabulous challenge and example for us Ann!
    Here is my take on the theme.
    The Unwelcome Guests
    Thanks for looking!

  15. Good morning! My entry is on my blog http://saksetjaliimaa.blogspot.com/2009/10/three-muses-long-ago-and-far-away-kauan.html

  16. Gorgeous and intruiging example! Mine is on my blog.

  17. Hi here is my entry:


    Thanks for looking:-)

  18. What a fascinating piece and theme. Mine is on my blog. THanks for having a look.

  19. Hi all,
    my entry is on my blog
    Thanks for looking.

  20. Hello Ladies,
    I want to participate and here is my first entry.
    Meet the Dashwood sisters on
    Have a nice day

  21. oh my heavens!!! I just realized that I created my piece around the next prompt....I guess that is what happens when you stay up till 3 in the morning....

    Here is my Halloween Hen Party

    p.s. because I made a mistake I would also like to offer someone a free stamp from my new line of stamps...so if you come by via Three Muses....check out my stamp shop...link on the post....and pick out your favorite one...I will do a drawn next week and pick a name to get the stamp of their choice!!!

    See I guess making mistakes can turn out some fun!!!

    Have a wonderful day!!!

  22. ooo my happy accident fits right in here! you can find my entry here


  23. Here is my contribution :)


  24. Finally finished,I shall be back later to leave comments.Here is my pic.


  25. Oh my goodness this is totally inspired and a stunning take on the theme. Thank you so much for joining in.

  26. Great challenge.

    Here is my entry for this week.

    Long ago

  27. Hello Ladys,
    here is my Story-Book. Sorry, the story is óf german.
    Thanks for looking!
    Have a nice day!

  28. My entry for this weeks challenge is in my blog, welcome to visit my little star far away... www.hannastiinanmaalipurkki.blogspot.com

  29. This is my very first challenge.. lilymelba.blogspot.com

  30. Another thought provoking challenge... i love looking at all the stunning entries.... and wish more every week that i could do digi art.
    Thank you all for sharing what you create.


    hugs lynx

  31. I love this place.
    every Wednesday my brain claps its tired little creative hands...

    here's my piece:

  32. Your sample is very creative Ann!

    My piece is on my blog here.

    Thanks for looking.

  33. Hello you marvelous muses! I am astounded at the number of amazing entries for this challenge. Find my entry at www.sharon-artfromtheheart.blogspot.com

    What would I do with out you ladies!!! :)

  34. This week's theme is great, wonderful entries!

    Here's mine:


  35. Hello Everyone,
    Sorry to be late, and sorry for no comments at this time...I actually finished this piece well before the Wednesday challenge was issued and was to post it last week; but have spent the whole of last week with my husband, family and children ; both of whom were unexpectedly in hospital...both now out of danger and on the road to recovery....I wanted to check in here a brief and bright respite from what's been going on...thanks for enabling me to remain a part of this; something I do so look forward to doing when I can!

  36. Hi .... can I join ? anything I need to know - dos & don'ts ?

    I'll have a go at the chicken challenge havinf just got chickens !

  37. Hi there, sorry this is so late but I have had trouble getting the site to accept my copied link. I have tried to copy my link several times, and finally decided to type it in.Long Ago and Far Away:
    Hope that works! Christen

  38. Hope I'm not too late....thought I'd share a bit about some old found letters...
    Thanks and enjoy your blog!!!