September I always find is a very busy month for everyone. Mostly because it’s back to school and parents back to work after their holidays. I think it’s a life sort out kind of month and here at The Steel Rooms it’s definitely been packed full of events, workshops, fairs and new looks. So, seen as though it’s the last weekend of the month I thought I would give you a quick catch up on what’s been happening and what’s due for the last little bit of the month.

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The most important change in September was our shop front transformation. A little bit of a face lift can do the world of good and this is definitely the case with ours. Ivy Designs helped design and did all the handy work and it looks beautiful. We hope you think so too. I think you can really tell the difference when you see how it looked before.


This month saw the newest addition to our calendars in the form of the Art Group held by Jon Dent. This happens every Thursday from 9.30am til 12.30pm and so far there has been a great response. Jon is a wonderful teacher and gives the encouragement needed to create beautiful works. Currently it’s all about painting still life. I would definitely recommend this if you’re wanting to explore new mediums and other directions with your artistic side.

Polly’s singing, action and rhyme returned after a Summer off. I can safely say both children and parents alike were more than pleased. If you’re interested pop in Friday mornings at 10am and see what you think. Completely free of charge and always puts a smile on your little ones face.

The Steel Rooms Blue Chicken CardThe Steel Rooms Cow Card

At the very beginning of the month a few of us headed to the Trade Fair in Birmingham. A hectic and exhausting week for everyone involved but very rewarding. So lots of new stock will be arriving in the shop soon. Hoorah. Though if it was possible, the more exciting news is that you can now buy our cards in larger print form. I have my eye on the funky chicken and cute cow. (… Something to think about with Christmas coming up.)

make a clay hare workshop

There have been so many interesting workshops this month and I can’t see the excitement slowing down. Making moon gazing hares was one of those wonderful workshops that gave you something really creative that you could keep forever. An interesting workshop and there will be more clay making workshops in the coming months for all ages so make sure you keep checking our website for updates.


A hugely popular workshop was last weekend and it involved the beautiful art of willow weaving. In this participants could make their own bird using willow. A really popular workshop and a brilliant new skill to have. If you missed this a willow wreath making workshop will be on the 21st November so keep your eyes peeled for that. It would make the ideal Christmas gift or decoration. (I know, talking about Christmas again!)

Today is the start of our Digital Photography course. This is a brilliant course for any amateur photographer that wants to improve their skills. It comprises of 3 workshops in total so if you thought the first wasn’t for you, or you’ve missed it the second is on the 10th of October so pen it into your diaries.


Our last workshop of the month takes place on the 30th and is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting. Curtain Making with Sue Matthews does what it says on the tin so to speak. Here she’ll show you how to make your very own curtains which is such a handy skill. Sue is a wonderful teacher so I’m eager to see how all the curtains turn out at the end of this workshop. Definitely one to book on to whilst there’s still time.