This post is sponsored by Greenworks.
In little known fact news here at Thistlewood…
….there are four people who are always trying to make it on the pages of this blog.
They subscribe to the blog and read the blog and correct my grammar on the blog and give me helpful fashion and beauty advice on all things blog-picture related and let me know that the word “whatevs” is so 2011.
Every so often.
They even leave a comment in the comment section below.
And whenever they finish a project or help design a room or make me the most incredible Christmas present on the planet or tell me a funny story or help me paint a bookcase or twirl like no one is watching, they wait with bated breath and great anticipation to see their name in lights.
Because today my wonderful, strong, incredible, patient son, Zack, the waiting is over.
This post is for you.
This is Zack’s path.
The one he built with his own two hands.
The one he designed and created and laid every brick for.
This is his vision.
And here’s how he created this brick path.
We had tons of these vintage bricks piled up all over the yard. I’m not sure where they all came from. There were some alongside the house and some that had been used long ago to hold up an old fence and dozens stacked up along the side of the fence. They were stacked under a water spout and lay broken in the grass and a few randomly found their way into flower beds. Over a hundred bricks just scattered to the wind.
Zack went and found them all. And then?
He took every single one of these broken and worn and mismatched vintage bricks and created something amazing.
For almost free.
All this masterpiece cost was a couple of bags of sand.
This path was basically his vision.
I asked him if he could create a path for me and he took it and ran with it.
2. Dig out the path
He dug out the existing dirt path down several inches and leveled it and raked it all smooth.
3. Fill the area with a layer of sand
Then he filled the area where he was going to place the bricks with a layer of sand.
4. Start laying bricks
Next, he started the painstaking work of putting all the bricks in place. It was like a puzzle. No two of these bricks are exactly alike. There are a lot of half bricks and broken bricks and bricks with holes and bricks with words. He staggered the pattern and made them all fit and finished off the sides and the ends with a row of bricks.
5. Finish with a layer of sand
Then he finished off the entire project with another layer of sand that he pushed down between the bricks kind of like a mortar.
He did the amazing.
He made those broken bricks into a pathway that looks like it might belong in a shady grove in England.
And now that we have an amazing brick pathway?
We have to bring the rest of the yard up to Zack’s masterpiece.
Good thing we have Greenworks.
Good thing we have this cordless Greenworks edger to make the job easier.
With all of the landscaping and outdoor work that we have done this year, I am honored to be working with a quality brand like Greenworks. They specialize in cordless outdoor power equipment. The Greenworks Pro 60-volt family of tools are the ideal choice and designed with medium/heavy-duty construction and materials and high-efficiency motors. These products are easy to start and lightweight, making yard work a whole lot easier.
Here are the details on the Greenworks cordless stick edger
- Greenworks Pro 60-Volt cordless edger has the power you need to get the job done
- 8-inch blade curb wheel guarantees the perfect edge
- Compatible with all Greenworks 60V batteries
- High-efficiency brushless motor engineered to provide more power, torque, quiet operation and longer motor life
- 4-year limited tool warranty, 2-year battery warranty
- Batteries and Charger sold separately
You can see all the details on the edger here.
And in amazing news—Greenworks just became the exclusive outdoor power equipment sponsor of Earth Day. You can read more here.
It’s been a wonderful summer.
Here’s to brick paths.
Here’s to making your mother’s heart smile.
Here’s to seeing your name in lights.
And here’s to finally making the blog.
I love you Zack attack. 🙂
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