#TOinBloom

It’s been a long, difficult winter here in Toronto, and spring has seemed endlessly far away for too long.  We were teased with a gorgeous day, a few weeks ago, but after only a few (too few!) glorious hours of sweater weather the cold returned with a vengeance.  This year, the spring equinox – March 20th –  seemed like a holiday worth marking.  It was the date on which we could legitimately start thinking about warmer weather.

The cogs in my heart started turning when I stumbled upon these felt placemats at my local dollar store, and figured I could use them to build a reminder of the beauty and colour that lies on the horizon…

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I figured that if I cut the placemats into individual flowers, I could make some lovely bouquets for Torontonians to enjoy and share with those around them

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I was pretty lucky – everything that I needed could be found at the Dollar Store

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I cut garden twine into appropriate lengths, and bent them into stem-and-leaf shapes

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Then used a glue gun to stick them to the flower cut-outs…

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…and added a pompom as the pollen-center!

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(Rinse) and repeat several dozen times, and voila!

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Next, I enlisted the help of my fantastically willing partner-in-crime, and we set out for a busy spot

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We set up two boxes of flowers on the north-east and north-west sides of College St. & University Ave., right by two of the entrances to College Park subway station

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The sign read: “It’s finally here!  Today is the first full day of spring! (Woot, woot!)  Ignore the cold – let’s warm our hearts, and think of brighter, longer days.  Grab a flower (or a bunch) and give one to someone to brighten their day.  Spread the word! #TOinBloom”

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…and it seems that people did!

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By the time we returned, around 6pm, all that remained was one of the signs.  The other three signs, the green boxes, and all of the flowers had been taken.  Hopefully these will be the first of many signs of spring!

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