Meet Grace!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hello all! 

I am totally pleased to be introducing our new contributors to the blog! We will follow them through their pursuits to find their own Glitter + Gold. They, like me, have found that life got in the way of all the things they used to love to do. But no more! We are taking control of our lives and we are going to find happiness on our own terms.

So without further ado, meet Grace!

Hi, everyone! My name’s Grace Tabales and I’m a costumer. I recently graduated with my Bachelor’s degree and I’m gearing up for some huge changes in my life. I’m always looking for new things to learn and different ways to improve myself. I have been immersed in the DIY life since I was little, sewing clothes for my dolls and creating hand-made decorations for Halloween and Christmas. I love sewing and crafting, but while in college I barely did any of that stuff at all. I didn’t manage my time and my physical or mental health very well and always felt stressed out and tired.

I did, however, join the anime club, where I became involved with cosplay. You’ve probably seen it on TV with coverage of large events such as Comic-Con in San Diego, CA. It’s when people dress up as characters from their favorite movies, comics, tv shows, anime, cartoons, etc. and get together at huge conventions to show off their work and hang out with like-minded people. I mostly sewed costumes for other cosplayers, but now who knows? Maybe I’ll finally make something for myself!

I love to read, so my inspiration would most likely come from comics. My current faves are American Vampire, Saga, The Wake and New 52 Batman. But I don’t only sew costumes! Quilting is another passion of mine and I’ve been doing it for seven years now.

Although I had some happy moments in college, theater consumed my life (as expected) and costuming didn’t bring me the happiness it used to give me. I was doing quality work that I’m very proud of, but I had little control of when I stopped and started each project, or the type of work I took on. I would get burnt out and unmotivated, but would keep going because my grade depended on it. But I didn't enjoy it. Toward the end of undergrad, I came close to quitting so many times because of it, but I’m glad that I pulled through it.

My plan is to share my journey of self-improvement through reconnecting with creative pursuits that are motivated by my own wants and needs. I want to find balance again. I want to take on projects that challenge me to learn new skills. I learned so much in school, but costuming requires a vast range of skills, and there is still so much I have to learn. However, this time, I have complete control over the curriculum.

Another one of my goals is to continue saving up for The Big Move to The Bigger City. I’ve done a lot of research and I want to go so badly! But I have to be patient. Long-term, my goal is to establish my own costume rental/commission business and to continue learning about every aspect of costuming. I’ve been keeping sketchbooks and designing costume and fashion since I was a kid, and wanted my own business since I was fourteen years old. Now I’m finally going to make it happen!

The first step is my Etsy shop, Get it Retro. I am still working through all of my goods, getting them priced, cleaned, photographed, etc. but it will be open soon, as will my website, so be sure to check my Facebook page for those announcements!

There is so much great stuff on the horizon and I can’t wait to share it with everyone!

Grace Tabales


  1. Congratulations, Gracie! I can't wait to see your projects and goals! I will always remember when we wrote letters back and forth, and you'd make your own ornate stationery on plain paper. You were always so amazing at that. <3

    For anyone else reading this comment, I just want to confirm that Grace is one of the most talented, naturally artistic people I know. I've known her since we were kids, and she has continuously become more creative! Please support her as much as you can, she really, truly deserves it!

  2. Aw, thank you so much! I would like to say that Felix (or Myuu, as I still call him) is a crafty guy, too! He was a part of the team that made Bonzai Pecan, which is a real live video game on Steam!