The problem is managing those recycled materials. Sometimes I see something so great that I have to pick it up. Like a giant truck muffler that my sister and I found in a gutter. Or the 5 foot long piece of pvc pipe large enough for my son to crawl through. I know I can do something cool with these things but what and when isn't always clear.
To keep from being on one of those tv shows and to stay happily married, my garage has a strict rule. If I don't use it in a year it goes back to the recycling center. Sometimes just knowing that the time limit is about to expire provides inspiration.
Pinterest saved the day. There I was, dithering on this awesome site for crafting with mason jars: http://bluevelvetchair.blogspot.com/2011/06/mason-jar-revival.html
Suddenly I knew what to do with the log cabin chunks, my mason jar fetish, the chalk board paint i found at the recycling center and my poor lonely mantle that has never been properly decorated.
No, I haven't finished the mantel piece installation yet. But I will. Have no fear. Meanwhile, the log cabin chunks have received a stay of execution and a date with the sander.