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IMG_2810-1Hi, I’m Vanessa, creator of East &  Eden, a place for creativity. I’m a wife to an incredibly patient and caring husband. I’m a mom of two totally fabulous kids.

In a past life I was a dietitian, schooled at UW Madison where I was lucky enough to be a dietitian with the football team … GO BADGERS! I also worked in corporate wellness and retirement wellness until I had my first child. Upon her arrival, I found my love for photography. Within a year of her birth, I took college courses in photography and opened my own photography business.

I stumbled upon sewing two years ago when wanting to make a heartfelt gift for a new nephew. My mom had taught me to sew a straight line on her 1960’s Singer when I was a teenager, but I hadn’t touched a sewing machine since. My mom and I worked together to create a basic quilted baby blanket. It’s then I caught the sewing bug. Within a week, I ordered my own machine. Between blogs, patterns and YouTube, I taught myself to sew. I started with a few bags, which quickly turned into sewing clothes.

My goal is to eventually have a [mostly] handmade wardrobe for my kids and myself. I also am taking classes and working toward developing my own pattern line.  Exciting things to come!




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