The Singing Seamstress?!?! Russian Nesting Dolls? What Give’s In Houston?! Alterations And Sewing With Flare!

Just when you think you’ve seen it all….I had the extreme pleasure of meeting “The Singing Seamstress”!  
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That would be Ms. Heather Gabriel.  My beautiful niece is getting married soon to her perfect mate so off to find a seamstress…she found Heather based on great, (21 of them and ALL FIVE STARS), reviews from www.TheKnot.com and a few other searches. My daughter accompanied my niece to the first appointment and called me immediately telling me how much I would adore Ms. Gabriel.  She was correct! I did attend the second fitting and from the moment you walk up to her door, you can see and feel Heather’s sewing passion!!! Sometimes a photo IS worth a thousand words!! 
One of the first things that really grabbed me was this….but then she opens her door…
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Then I saw a HUGE collection of matryoshka dolls, (Russian nesting dolls), Ms. Gabriel had on display and was dumbfounded!!  As it turns out, Heather began her Matryoshkas collection in college, but the fascination goes much further back than that. When The Singing Seamstress was a little girl, she watched the Sesame Street show and they had a segment where they took apart a Russian doll and stopped motion filming and put it back together. She thought it was the coolest thing ever – art you can play with!! It appealed to the kid in her and it appeals to the adult in her now, does me too! I think Heather and I both like that simply by looking at them you can’t tell how many dolls are inside.
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Of course next, I HAD to know how she came to be called “The Singing Seamstress”? Ends up that Ms. Gabriel is a classically trained opera singer and actress right here from the University of Houston! Go figure?!? She says it was one of her theater friends who first dubbed her “The Singing Seamstress”.  Heather has acted in performances for Stage Door with roles such as  Maria in the Sound of Music, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and genderbent Scrooge in Christmas Carol to name a few. I’m jealous too of her travels to places like Alaska, Hawaii, England, Scotland, Ireland! Although she still has dreams of one day traveling to all of the countries that her ancestors are from like Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Romania, Poland. Certainly shopping for Matryoshkas in Russia is on her future bucket list too!  “The Singing Seamstress” would like to play Mama Rose in Gypsy, Ursula in Little Mermaid and Miss Mona in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas too.  I have no doubt she will eventually do them all! 

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Getting back to sewing….as my niece came to her for wedding dress alterations, I know of her awesome skills now, but others may not.  I asked how “The Singing Seamstress” first became interested in sewing.  She replied, “I started sewing when I was nine years old. My mother taught me. It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s however, that I got very seriously into costuming. I had an assistant who worked for me who was the head of costuming for a very large medieval festival and she helped me hone my skills.”
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It was only a matter of time before couldn’t stop myself from asking Heather to share a bridal story with me! Here we go …”One thing that working with the public does for you is increase your cache of stories A thousandfold. One of my favorite stories is I had a frazzled bride call me in a panic as she got halfway to my studio before she realized that she had forgotten her dress and had to turn around to go get it. She was so wound up when she got here that I knew we would not be able to do a fitting. So after ascertaining her preference of wine and chocolate, I commanded  her to sit and proceeded to place both in front of her. I sat down with her, poured the wine and we talked for an hour while she calmed down. After that we did the fitting. The funny part is that the next two fittings went exactly the same.” 
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Bottom line is Heather Gabriel is not only a wonderful, very reasonably priced seamstress, but a heck of a fascinating person! I would highly recommend her for any of your alterations, costumes or special projects. Contact her here or call  (713) 742-2217 or via Facebook.  You’ll love her! 
Thanks for visiting!!
Elizabeth and Max (Urrr…Max is already buggin’ me about his Halloween costume….Oh Heather….HELP!!!)
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Review: Wedding Photographer in Houston

Review: Houston’s Ammar Selo Photography – he was my daughter’s wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer Review Time:  While I’ve had the privilege recently of seeing numerous friends and co-worker’s wedding photos, they just don’t compare to the photos of my daughter’s wedding photos (not because it’s my daughter, but because the quality was phenomenal! As I would be ten times more picky about her photos!!)  Ammar Selo Photography was chosen for her and her hubby’s special day.  Of course I had gone online to research Mr. Selo’s work and thought it was outstanding, but when it’s YOUR child getting married… you want PERFECT!!! Indeed, PERFECT is what we received! I really cannot recommend this photographer enough!! He managed to capture images far exceeding our hopes and dreams and did so under some challenging circumstances to say the least! He was super fast with the photo previews, was practically invisible during the ceremony and reception yet blew our minds when we saw the photos! He was EARLY, captured those of us (ah…that’d be me that need to lose weight) in the best (i.e. slimming) flattering manner along with the rest of the guests, was very respectful and polite and just overall a pleasure to work with on this most special day!

Note:  Mr. Selo has no idea I am writing this and therefore, it is an honest, unsolicited, review for those of you struggling to pick that perfect wedding day photographer.  I don’t take putting my name of recommendation of anyone lightly! But this guy is great! Wedding Wire shows some reviews (all 5 stars which is the best score you can get) and I now see that he was won the 2017 Couple’s Choice Award – that makes me happy to learn. Very reasonable pricing too.

Advice:  Be clear and honest about your expectations when hiring Mr. Selo about what sort of photos you are looking to get and what you do and don’t like.  My daughter and her husband were and the results were incredible! I would additionally suggest booking early!

Thanks for visiting Houston Photo Journey!

Max and his Human known as Ma