always rooney

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I would love to introduce you to Courtney Kennedy!  She’s the brains behind one of my favorite blogs, Always Rooney.   I adore her earthy style and the way it comes through in many of her DIY projects.  She’s here to share with you what she has learned about crafting, blogging, and being creative.  Our Q&A is below.  Enjoy and be inspired!  How would you describe Always Rooney and what led you to start blogging? Always Rooney is my creative outlet. I was led to start because I was in a creative rut, and didn’t feel like I was doing much with my life a couple years ago. I also was compelled to start to share how I made things since most people would ask.    What’s your spirit animal and why? I don’t know if I’ve ever thought of this…but I would hope my spirit animal would be a whale, because they are free and beautiful. For people like you who do projects regularly, keeping creativity flowing can be challenging!  What inspires you and keeps you feeling creative? Creativity inspires creativity. So I feel the more I try new projects, the more I’m being inspired and I find better solutions to problems. Trying things without the fear of failing is a great way to build up better ideas. Some of my favorite projects are the ones that I’m saying “oh I hope this works!” through the whole process.    What do you wish you had known when you started? I wish … Read More

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cozy crochet scarf

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Since there’s been so much snow and freezing weather where I’m at, I decided it was time to whip up another scarf!  This one took me about three hours to make- maybe not even that. I did it over the course of two days.  It is 102 inches long (including fringe) and can comfortably wrap around my neck once or twice.  I used two skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA super bulky yarn in Aspen Tweed and one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick super bulky yarn in Oatmeal. To start, make a row of chain stitches however long you want the scarf to be.  Then continue on to the next row with single crochet stitches.  If you need to learn how to do the single crochet stitch, this video is a great place to start.     At the end of the row of single crochet stitches (row 2), do a single chain stitch, turn your work, and repeat row 2 for the rest of the scarf. As you can see, my scarf is a slightly different color in the middle.  So the first skein is used for the first row of chain stitches and four rows of single crochet stitch.  The second skein is used for the next seven rows of single crochet stitch.  The last skein is used for the final four rows of single crochet stitch. At the end, cut the yarn to about five inches and finish with a chain stitch.  Pull the yarn all … Read More

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bind my wandering heart to Thee

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I have seen similar projects scrolling through pinterest, but never had the time to make one for myself.  And I thought I would never get the font right.  (Turns out, it doesn’t need to be perfect to look great.) It ended up taking a little more time than I thought just because the wood glue had to dry, but overall, I’m really happy with the way this turned out! For this project, I used wood glue, tapered shims, cardboard, paint, and heavy books. (I ended up spending a total of four dollars. That was only to buy the shims because I had the rest of the supplies around the house.) First, I glued two of the tapered shims together to make the pieces equally wide.  (This would have been a lot easier if I had used regular pieces of wood, but that would have made the project cost quite a bit more.)  For each pair, I rested a heavy book on it for about half an hour to make sure that it would stay together. Once I had all of the pieces I would need glued together, I arranged them on a piece of cardboard and used that as a foundation for the piece.  I glued the wood strips to the cardboard. Then I started the drawing! I used this picture as a guide for the font, but I freehanded the drawing.  I’m no expert artist, so I was surprised at how easy this font was to duplicate.  Don’t be afraid. I drew the outline … Read More

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