I’ve taken a few road trips recently, starting with a trip to the Craft & Hobby Association Show in January. Next, I travelled from the shores of Lake Erie to the shores of Lake Michigan. My destination – Ludington, Michigan, world headquarters of FloraCraft, the largest and oldest fabricator of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Ludington is a beautiful resort town – in the summer!
Fortunately, I snuck in the trip between winter storms. It’s always worth the drive, as it’s a destination packed with lots of creative inspiration and nice people.
Here’s a little backstory about FloraCraft, Dow, and a partnership of more than 60 years. Dow makes large billets of genuine STYROFOAM Brand Foam. FloraCraft then cuts the foam billets into assorted shapes and sizes of balls, eggs, cones, cubes, wreath rings and other shapes. Next, FloraCraft packages the shapes of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and sells them to the retailers. That’s why when you buy genuine STYROFOAM Brand Foam, it has a FloraCraft label. It’s teamwork, people.
A favorite destination at FloraCraft is the design studio. This is the domain of FloraCraft designer Dondi Richardson. Dondi creates an amazing array of craft projects for project booklets, magazine features, television, trade shows, and more. Chances are that you’ve seen her work. You never know what you’ll find in her studio, from wreaths and wall art to pirate ships and pterodactyls.
Who wouldn’t love Dondi’s ribbon collection?
Jamie Chapman, Marketing Manager at FloraCraft, joined us in the studio.
Dondi also created these tulip centerpieces for another crafty road trip that Jamie and I have scheduled for next week . . . a crafty adventure that may or may not involve cupcakes and PJs . . . But first, I have another crafty destination to tell you about next Tuesday, so stay tuned.
Happy crafting. Sharon