Road trip recap: A journey to the home for genuine foam

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!

Beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan

The beautiful, Lake Michigan beach in Ludington.

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.

Ludington Light in Ludington, MI, along Lake Michigian.

The Ludington Light in Pere Marquette Harbor along Lake Michigan.

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.

Designer Dondi Richardson creates hundreds of craft projects for STYROFOAM Brand Foam every year.

Designer Dondi Richardson in her design studio at FloraCraft headquarters.

DIY pterodactyls and other dinosaurs from STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Eek — watch out, Dondi, it’s a pterodactyl!

Who wouldn’t love Dondi’s ribbon collection?

Craft supplies galore in the FloraCraft Design Studio.

What a selection!

Jamie Chapman, Marketing Manager at FloraCraft, joined us in the studio.

FloraCraft Marketing Manager Jamie Chapman.

FloraCraft Marketing Manager Jamie Chapman.

DIY colorful, springtim tulip centerpieces for a candy bouquet

These pretty tulips are on their way to a mystery destination . . .

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

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8 Responses to Road trip recap: A journey to the home for genuine foam

  1. LisaM says:

    What a great road trip! That would be fun to check out all the neat crafts.
    Gotta love a good road trip.

    • Sharon says:

      Traveling the country to check out handicrafts would be a dream come true! I believe there was a TV show about that a few years ago. A girl can dream! Sharon

  2. Jim Scatena says:

    Thanks Sharon!

  3. Katiria says:

    It’s nice to have a little road trip now and then- and those tulips are very pretty, wonder where they’ll end up…

    • Sharon says:

      I agree, Katiria, and on beautiful spring days like today, it’s hard to sit at a desk and not go for a drive . . . Glad you like the tulips! Thanks for stopping in today. Sharon

  4. Yamamoto Rhonda says:

    Great One!

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