Charmaine Ikach - charmwarm
Pittsburgh, PA
I can’t even believe this is for real and that I’m joining the amazingly talented Dirty Dozen!! When Lydia contacted me asking me to call her, I really had no idea what she wanted to chat about. The Dirty Dozen was so far removed from my mind! We were chatting about different stuff and all of the sudden she “popped the question” smile, out of nowhere. It was a good thing I was home because my reaction would have gotten LOTS of strange looks in public. (chaine turn, chaine turn, double pirouette!!) wink

My name is Charmaine Ikach (pronounced “eye-catch”) and I live in Pittsburgh, PA with my wonderful husband and four children. . .Savannah (8), Arwen (5), Isaac (4) and Isabelle (2). I spent my life as a dancer/singer/actress in Musical Theater productions, cruise ships and national tours. My husband and I met in a USO-type show in which he was the Big Band Leader/MC and I was a Swing Sister (think Andrews Sisters). Once we started our family that “love” had to take a back seat. I currently teach dance, choreograph and perform with my husband from time to time, but my main job is a stay-at-home mommy to my little darlings. Enter new creative outlet. . .a dear friend of mine who was a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator always used to ask me to have a party. I would decline saying “I’m not crafty. . .that’s not for me”. Then one day, we were at a picnic and she set up a table with supplies and a project and said that anyone who wanted to give it a try could. Well, I was hooked from that moment on! I NEED to create everyday or it’s like waking up on the wrong side of the bed for me. Thankfully, my children LOVE crafts, so they create right along with me a lot of the time.

I am SO very excited to be here and HONORED to join the ranks of all of these very talented ladies. Splitcoaststampers and the Dirty Dozen Gallery have been such a source of inspiration for me for a very long time. I am thrilled to be a Dirty Girl!!! Many thanks to Lydia for this amazing opportunity!