I made my green sparkleball for St Patrick’s Day, but must say I’ve enjoyed just having something green in the yard. We live in southern California, and what little green we have these days is dusty and gray. Now when we drive up at night, the deep green of the sparkleball reminds me of faraway Irish meadows and big old trees tiered in boughs of endless greenery. A bit o’ sparkleball leprechaun magic :)
When I started sparkleball.com a friend suggested I jazz it up with other people’s photos. Invite submissions, he said. I only intended to provide instructions for how to make one. Who would ever share photos with a stranger? I said. But people did. Now there are a jillion places to share craft photos, but ten years ago, not so much.
The photo of the Krauss family was one of the first that came in. I think it was in 2006 but I’ve lost those first emails from Jane Krauss. I do remember asking for permission to post it on sparkleball.com, and her kind, unequivocal, yes, of course. Little did she know that her family’s photo would spread across the internet like wildfire, popping up on websites all over the world. If ever there were a perfect sparkleball photo, the Krausses captured it. The fun. The dazzle and magic. The doing-it-togetherness. The sharing.
Everything sparkleballs are about in one sweet shot.