We are all connected to the elements - whether it is through the environment and seasons, when we let our emotions flood our spirit and tears pour, or we are so mad we are seeing red. The elements; earth, air, fire, water, and spirit our within us. We will be exploring these elements in our 5 week e-course Elemental.

It is important to honor these elements because they are apart of nature and can be great allies on our path. Call on the refreshing breeze of air to open your mind for clarity and inspiration; call on mama earth for support, grounding, and abundance; call on water to soothe your soul and embrace your emotions; call on fire to ignite your passions and energy; call in spirit to connect with your higher self in all you do. 

It is not just about asking for help though. There must be an exchange of giving and receiving - a relationship must be built. The more you work with the elements, the more you come to know yourself and the people around you. Below are simple altars you can create to begin a relationship with Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. You bring in the Spirit.

Earth Altar

A simple earth altar can include stones like the Red Jasper above, bones, and any pieces of nature you find. You can go on a nature walk, find a flower, stone, or stick and place it on your altar as an offering. Keeping this altar in your family room or garden can help you cultivate a loving home.

Water Altar

water altar - elemental

A water altar is great to place in your bathroom or bedroom for peace and tranquility. Seashells, sea salt, or a bowl of water are simple altar decorations. The Moon is also associated with water since she guides the tides, and I even have a statue of the Divine Feminine to remind myself of self-love. Anoint your altar items with water, one drop on your finger will do. Or say a blessing while you anoint yourself with water or your favorite perfume oil.

Fire Altar

A simple candle is perfect to honor fire. I also included a wand, associated with fire, and a star cluster aragonite because it look like a flame!  Simply saying a prayer or blessing while lighting any candle can kindle your relationship with this powerful element. Placing this altar on your hearth or kitchen for warmth, bedroom for passion, or office and studio of creative energy is wonderful.

Air Altar

Feathers, butterflies, incense and smudge are wonderful Air associations and make a beautiful altar. Place this altar in your studio or office to focus and create; by your favorite reading nook to engage your mind; a meditation spot to calm and focus the monkey-mind; or by your phone for peaceful communication. Simple lighting the incense or smudge and breathing deeply offer this element the honor it deserves.

You will learn so much more about the elements and yourself in our e-course Elemental. Rituals, recipes, meditations, more altars and crafts to engage our wild woman and balance these energies within. Laura from Roots and Feathers, Katelyn from Gyspy Moth Sol, Katie from Conscious Apothecary and me, Marissa from Moondaughter will be your loving guides through this journey. We can't wait to dance with you.

We begin July 12th

You can register here

Lunar Blessings,

Marissa Moondaughter


safety first

For the longest time I have been wanting to make a little barnwood shelf to photograph my jewelry on.  We finally got some of my dad's old barnwood over to our house a few weeks ago, and the other day while James was at work I got the wild hair to just get the power tools out and do it.  Even though my dad was a carpenter, I actually have very little experience.  I had used the hand saw a few times in my life, but its been a long time.  I had to go off memory and imagination.  And it took me almost all day, but it was worth it!  I did keep asking my dad if he would send down his expertise to me, but I think he was probably getting a good kick out of watching me do this on my own!

preparing to build a shelf

Luckily I only had to cut 6 boards.  I just took my time and went slow.  I didn't have the proper wood and tools to use on the back to connect all the boards together.  It would of been a super simple project if I could of just had the patience to wait until that afternoon to go to the hardware store.  But, when I get my mind on something, I get determined one way or another.  And I'm actually glad that I did b/c it came out funkier and better than it ever would have if I would of done it the 'proper' way. 

I had a box of super old hinges and doorplates and all kinds of random things like that so I used them all to connect each board together on the front and back with screws.  I kept running out of screws in the right size and had so stop to search our house up and down about 10 times to find more.  Another way my patience would have come in handy to just go buy the screws I needed.  But nope.  And finally, I made it work and it all came together and I love my little shelf all the more for it.  It is my little hillbilly shelf.

barnwood shelf

I'm still going to adds some more old knobs on top b/c I did run out of the proper screws for that.  But other than that she is done!  Isn't she a doll?  Below is my FIRST jewelry photo using her!  I can't wait to do some more barnwood projects with this old wood my dad kept for most his life.  I have ideas in my head!

roots and feathers jewelry


antler ornament diy on rootsandfeathers.com

I'm excited to share this fun and super easy antler holiday ornament diy with you!  We add at least one new ornament to our tree every year.  It's become a tradition.  This year I decided to hand craft one myself.  In honor of the Texas inspired collection I am working on, I chose to use an antler tip.  Deer are a huge part of my surroundings where I live.  They are literally everywhere you look.  It is amazing to me that they shed their antlers every year.  A true testament to our own natural cycles.  They grow to serve a purpose and when they are no longer needed, they are shed.  Many lessons could be learned from this simple natural event alone.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little diy!

antler ornament diy on rootsandfeathers.com

S U P P L I E S:

antler tip // leather // bead // glitter // leather glue // regular glue // brush // scissors

S T E P S:

1. cut a strip of leather just long enough to attach to the sides of the antler and make a loop to hang on your tree.

2. slide your bead over both strands of leather.

3. glue both ends of the leather to opposite sides of your antler tip.

4. take the rest of your leather strip and glue it around the antler tip a few times to cover the two ends you just glued.  if you don't have leather glue, you can use a glue gun, but it won't last as long.

5. add a layer of glue to the bottom of the tip, making sure you are making the section nice and straight where you want your glitter.

6. quickly sprinkle glitter all over where you added the glue. let dry.

7. hang and enjoy!

antler ornament diy on rootsandfeathers.com
antler ornament diy on rootsandfeathers.com
antler ornament diy on rootsandfeathers.com
antler ornament diy on rootsandfeathers.com


nature flower crown diy by roots and feathers.jpg

Today's DIY is inspired by my last one, the Nature Letters DIY.  Since doing those letters, Ive been a bit obsessed with making things like this.  This little nature crown is more for play then for actually wearing out and about, mainly b/c its quite stiff from being made from sticks.  I think it would be super fun project with your littles.  They would feel like woodland fairies wearing these!   I'm pretty sure if I had my wedding to do over I'd have my bridesmaids wear some of these...

nature flower crown diy by roots and feathers.jpg
nature flower crown diy by roots and feathers.jpg

S U P P L I E S:

floral wire, small branches, found nature trinkets, deerskin or twine, scissors, hot glue gun. 

I ended up using alot more than photographed below.  My nature trinkets included: feathers from my lovebird, dried roses + babies breath, mountain laurel seeds, dove feathers, bird bone, seashell & a leaf.

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S T E P S:

1. measure the wire around your head and glue or tape the wire in place in a circle.  this will act as your guide for making the crown. 

2. place your branches around the wire until you find the right fit.  i made two layers of branches all around to give it some sturdiness + more surface space to glue the objects onto. 

3. glue the corners of the branches together in place.  i also glued them to the wire.   

4. take your deerskin or other twine and wrap it around the entire circle.  glue on the inside as you go around, to keep it in place but also hide the glue as best as you can.   

5. begin to lay your pieces of nature out on the crown to envision how you want them to look.  once you are happy, begin to glue each piece down.   continue until you are happy with how it looks.

(click on the images below to see them larger) 

nature flower crown diy by roots and feathers.jpg
nature flower crown diy by roots and feathers.jpg

Have fun!  If you make one, I'd love to see it!!!