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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.

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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 I would have known where Always Rooney would have led me..then I would have had more time to prepare! haha.

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What is your process like to write a new post?
Everything starts with an idea. I’ll draw it out in my notebook and then research materials to use, go to the craft store and then get started! 
You make all kinds of projects- sewing, crocheting, woodworking, and recently, screenprinting!  How do you go about learning a new skill?
Research, research, research! Google is my best friend, and should be yours as well. I’m always asking questions to friends who have done something similar or have more knowledge about something. I’m always going to my brother-in-law with ideas and he helps steer me in the right direction of how to build something. 
Right now, what is your favorite kind of project to spend your time on?
I am really enjoying working with wood and leather right now.
What are your future plans for Always Rooney? 
I’ve never been one to plan too far ahead, which I should work on! But I just hope to continue to post original ideas and work with other bloggers and companies to inspire others. 
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What is the best advice you ever received and what is your advice for crafters/bloggers/creative types?
Find what you are good at and stick with it. Don’t feel like you have to be a certain type of creative, you won’t get anywhere being someone you aren’t.
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If you’d like to see more of Courtney, here are some places you’ll find her.
Bloglovin: Always Rooney