Halloween is the only time of year that I drag out, dare I say it...crafts. Of course I did these paintings. But I also painted all my little craftsy pumpkin buddies. We're only friends during Halloween. When I was doing juried art fairs, crafts were kind of a thorn in my side. I remember one instance in particular. I refer to it as, "the mushroom lady" show. Her booth was across from mine. And her clay mushrooms were selling as fast as her hairy, sleeveless husband could rake in the money. O.K. I might have been a little jealous. And deep down I might have thought one of the mushrooms would look cute in my garden. Darn it, I do like my mushrooms. But I refused to buy one. Then later that Summer I did another show. One for real artists, The Stockholm Art Fair. I wouldn't have to worry about crafts showing up at that one. But wait for it...is that?... the mushroom lady! #@$#! And the worst part of all is that I still wanted to buy one of those darn mushrooms.