It’s “June Gloom” in San Diego. Skies are grey. Not cool, not warm. Kinda blah. Tomatoes stall on the vine. Tourists feel cheated. This big sparkleball is perfect. Made with a mix of 16 oz color cups and 7 oz water cups, it brings cheer to the day and a summery glow to my evening.
O, the month of May, the merry month of May,
So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green!
Really, is there any place where May isn’t lovely? Even in California it’s just a teensy bit greener than usual, and in Texas, where I’m from, May was nigh perfect. So here’s a frolic, gay, green and merry sparkleball. Random painted cups and 70 LED clear bulbs. LED’s are often too sharp and bright, so they work perfectly in the painted cups. This one makes me happy, day or night.
snippet above from THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY, Thomas Dekker (1572-1631)
What better way to salute the artist known as Prince than a glittery purple sparkleball? Spray-on glitter and paint from Ace Hardware. Purple mini-lights from Amazon.
Build an Original Sparkleball. Before adding lights, spray-paint the centers of the two halves, as shown below. ( Leave some clear plastic showing for sparkle. ) When the halves dry, spray glitter inside the cups and around the rims. You may want to spot-spray a few extra puffs of purple all over, inside and out, because, well, purple is what this is about.
Previous Prince Sparkleball post:
What’s Hanging Now: Purple
My best memory of Prince is my daughter in her raspberry beret. She was only ten, but she loved the song Raspberry Beret and as soon as she knew what that meant, she had to have one. How can a performing artist who is so radical touch a child’s heart? Maybe that is what genius means. Being able to defy and transcend easy categorization in your creative life. Whatever. I’m sad Prince died, and I’m sad he seems to have been sad, especially since he gave so much joy. For you, Prince, a purple sparkleball.