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Queen of the shovel….

Since the day we moved into our home, I haven’t really loved our curb appeal. The walk runs right up against  the front window and the pavers have sunken into the ground.

It just looks like yuck.

Old front walkI’ve dreamed for years about doing something about our front walk,

but there were always so many other things to do, it kind of took a spot on the back burner. This last spring, I thought I would play with how I liked it with a curved walk,

So I got my shovel out and started digging. I always figure it never costs anything to dig and it’s great exercise.

partially renovated front walkI curved it and moved some of the sunken pavers jsut to see how it would look. I also added landscaping by dividing Hostas.

I liked it! Now it was just waiting for the right time to do a full blown walk of some kind. My mom called me a few weeks ago and told me her neighbor had a ton flagstone she wanted to get rid of.



So I loaded up our mini-van as much as I could without blowing out the shocks, many trips later and a very sore back I started digging again, and digging and digging!

One of my neighbors gave me an odd look as he drove by.He kind of did that slooooow roll by thing while he gaped.I think he thought bodies were going in there.

You think he would be used to the craziness around here by now. #myneighborsthinkI’mtheweirdneighborwhogoesthroughtheirgarbage


lay landscape fabric under a flagstone pathThis  is after I’ve dug the base,added edging and put landscape fabric down.

I have to admit, I have no clue what I am doing.I’ve never laid a flagstone path before. I watched  a couple of what I like to call “The school of Youtube” videos, like I did for tiling at the Oak House,but other than that.

I am kind of winging it.  I am a winging it kind of gal.

crushed stone under flagstoneThis is my progress so far, I hope to finish it up over the next few days. I’ve learned how to chisel and break the rock, how to level each one,and that those stones get flipping heavy after a while.

It’s been amazing out working in the beautiful weather we have been having!Someone had a leaf fire going today and the smell just made it feel like fall.

Once the path is done, that entire area will be a planting bed and I am going to line the entire thing with Hosta’s and flowers. And, I want to put a bench in front so I can drink a beer,watch the cars go by,and nurse my broken back.:)

I’ll be so excited when it’s done though, and I just had to share my progress with you.

Happy Saturday!

Jennifer Rizzo blog


  1. OMG girl! You are a dynamo! My hubby laid a flagstone path (and patio too) at our cottage and that is HARD work. But you will love it in the end. You go girl!!!

  2. My favorite kind of work, breaking back and all! I LOVE what you’re doing – it will add value well beyond what your labor and that flagstone WOULD have cost! Go girl!

  3. Looking good! Admire your ability to take things into your hands and get ’em done! I have a flagstone walk in my backyard which I hired done. Love it and hope you love yours as well.

  4. Wow! You really lucked out getting all that flagstone! It’s definitely back breaking work, but it’s going to look so great when you’re done. It really is nice to have the satisfaction of a do it yourself project. 🙂

  5. OH my gosh! You are so hard working. You definitely do not have to go to the gym. This is so amazing. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Everything you do is always so pretty and I’m sure this will be the same.

  6. Looks fabulous so far! Can’t wait to see it all completed! Remember to bend at the knees when picking up those stones!! LOL!! ~~Angela

  7. Whoa how cool to have all the flagstone.Thanks to your Mom! I can’t imagine…that is hard work girl.But your home is going to rock….no pun intended!

  8. LOVE IT! I’m tired just looking at the pictures, do you have to take out the muscle rub gel, I can only imagine what your back felt like. My neighbors BTW have a similar opinion of me, I’m always getting the comment, “you’re so crafty”, I suspect it’s not always meant as a compliment. LOL Nice work!

  9. I can’t believe you did all the digging and heavy work by yourself! You are awesome. I can barely dig a hole to put in a big plant!

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