Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Big Orange, Black Storm Clouds and More--New Book by Ron Leadbetter

New book I have been editing since August for local attorney, Ron Leadbetter. Ron worked in the office of the General Counsel at the University of Tennessee for over 30 years and has written about his varied experiences and many of the most famous cases---some you have heard of and some not.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My book on stage in Beijing, China for the International Book Awards

Yes, my book is in this stack of winning books. 

Do you need an editor?

I can edit, format and publish your manuscript into a book that will go on sale on the world wide web. Contact me at Sun sphere book @  to disucuss your needs.

Your book can look like this!!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Friends of the Library

Once again the Friends of the Library have saved Knox County tax payers thousands of dollars.

This year alone, the Friends raised $56,370 from selling used and discarded books.

They also raised $18,665 from family members who attended programs at the library;
 $9,032 from children and teens who participated in programs; and money from the dues paid by members, for a grand total of $78,072.

Many hard working people are to thank for this great news.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July

Making bags and edting books

I have been busy these last few weeks sewing. I've made about 10 bags.

I have also been busy editing books.

Editing is intense and time consuming, but I enjoy helping others who are seeking to get published.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I've been really busy these last few weeks editing books---love it!!!

Parker the Vizsla dog has written a book.
The Dog's Eye View of the Universe---it is all about business.

Love my lilies

Friday, May 30, 2014

Hurrah! Gourmand Magazine posted this list of all in USA who won awards in China this year.



Tribute to an outstanding career

Drew Nieporent - The Art of the Restaurateur.


The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook - Michael Anthony, Producer: Dorothy Kalins - Clarkson Potter

Woman chef

Old School Comfort Food - Alex Guarnaschelli - Clarkson Potter


Culinary Nutrition, The science and practique of healthy cooking - Jacqueline B. Marcus - Elsevier

Special Award of the jury

The Yan Can Cook Cookbook - Martin Yan - Broadway Books

Special Award of the jury

Ideas and Inspiration for Your Job Hunt. Great Food Jobs - Irena Chalmers - Beaufort Books

Special Award of the jury

Martha Brooks goes to the Watermelon Festival - A.M. Breazeale - Createspace

Special Award of the jury

The Oldways 4 Week Mediterranean Diet Menu Plan - Oldways - Oldways

Special Award of the jury

Watermelon for Everyone - Martha Rose Woodward - Illustrations: Pat Griffeth - Createspace

Special Award of the jury

Washington Post Cookbook - Bonnie Benwick, Foreword: Phyllis Richman - Time Capsule Press

Special Award of the jury

Serve to Win. The 14 Day Gluten Free Plan - Novak Djokovic, Foreword: William Davis, MD - Random House - Zink Ink


Art Smith Healthy Comfort - Art Smith - Harper One


The Flying Brownie - Shirley Fan, Photo: Shaina Olmanson - Harvard Common Press


The Healthy Home Cookbook. Diabetes Friendly Recipes for Holidays, Parties and Everyday Celebration - Barbara Seelig Brown - American Diabetes Association

First cookbook

Picture Cook, See - Make - Eat: A Graphic Cookbook - Katie Shelly - Ulysses Press


The Adobo Road Cookbook. From Food Blog to Food Truck and Beyond - Marvin Gapultos - Tuttle

Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Asia Cafe Coming Soon to Callahan Drive

                                                For Immediate Release

May 23, 2014
Knoxville, Tennessee
Media contact:
Martha Rose Woodward
Phillip Lim-865 382 6666

            Multi-million Dollar Multi-complex Restaurant Coming to Callahan Road

Who? Phillip and Louise Lim, owners of the highly successful Asia Café North and Asia Café West,  announced this week that they are planning to build a new restaurant, the (Where?) New Asia Café, at 1708 North Callahan Drive. (near Jubilee)

What? The proposed 12,270 square feet building will include a Hibachi grill, state-of-the-art kitchen with ample prep and storage rooms, as well as a Karaoke bar,  spacious front and a rear patios,  a Sushi bar and separate dining facilities for Western-style foods (steaks and potatoes), Mexican, Italian and Asian Dining, along with a 192 square feet dance floor.

(When?) Lim said that the time has come for this expansion. Asia Café will leave their current location at the corner of 6714-B North Central Avenue by July 2015.

Customers for the new facility can expect to see more of the popular LED lighting and live music. An outdoor theatre is planned for the new multi-level complex that will include solar power.

(Why?)“Louise and I are truly excited,” he said. “This is something we have been dreaming about for quite a while. We have enjoyed the planning process. It is awesome to see our ideas come to life. We are doing everything we can to make our new building beautiful as well an environmentally friendly. We have already been working with TVA for help with solar energy.”

“Our loyal customers can expect changes that we think they are going to truly enjoy,” he said.  “Perhaps the best one will be the addition of  a supervised plan room for children that will include an arcade. Parents will not have to stay at home if they cannot find a babysitter. We will provide fun and games for the boys and girls while Mom and Dad enjoy dancing, dining or both.“

Other changes foreseen for the New Asia Café include more restrooms, more parking spaces,  separation to provide dining in some quiet areas of the building while others are participating in Karaoke or dancing to live music. There will also be a break room and separate restrooms for the staff. The plans were drawn by Benjamin Conway Garlington, Architect & Associates of Knoxville.

When asked when he expects the building to be completed, Lim said that the estimated date of completion is July 2015.

Lim said that the New Asia Café will require more employees, thus supplying more jobs for Knoxvillians. He is always on the lookout for good cooks who know how to prepare authentic Malaysian, Japanese/Sushi, Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese dishes.

Sandy Loy and Phillip Lim discussing an upcoming project.

Spent yesterday with 2 of my best pal.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

East Tennessee Plant Swap--FREE PLANTS--all you have to do is show up.

The Spring 2014 East Tennessee Plant Swap will be held at New Harvest Park, 4775 New Harvest Lane, on Saturday, May 24.

Setup will begin at 9:30 a.m., swapping starts at 10 a.m., and a potluck lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. or noon.

All plants and other items are swapped for free; no money is allowed.

Everyone who loves plants and gardening is invited. You do not have to bring plants in order to swap. Bring items such as gardening supplies, magazines, pots, seeds and one plate of food for the potluck.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ina Hughs gave a nod to my book, "No Spitting Watermelon Seeds."

 From Ina Hughs
 published in the Knoxville News Sentinel Newspaper in April, "If you swallow the little black seeds, will a watermelon really grow in your stomach? “No Spitting Watermelon Seeds” by Knoxville writer Martha Rose Woodward is a book for children about one of childhood’s favorite summer pastimes. She tells the story of the watermelon, beginning with the seeds and ending with well, sliced and ready to eat. Or spit. The photos of real-life watermelons include ones from Butler Farm in Maryville."

Many thanks, Ina

Using remnants to cover milk crates

More fun with free fabric. Making bags from fabric remnants

Saturday, April 19, 2014

East Tennessee Plant Swap May 24

The Spring 2014 East Tennessee Plant Swap will be held at New Harvest Park, located at 4775 New Harvest Lane in Knoxville, on Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Setup will begin at 9:30am, swapping starts at 10:00am, and a pot-luck lunch will be at 11:30am or noon.
All plants and other items are swapped for FREE-no money is allowed.
Everyone is invited to join us for this exciting and fun event that brings together people who love plants and gardening.
The ETPS provides an opportunity to make new friends, talk to old friends, and share plants and all types of gardening-related stuff with fellow gardeners.
You do not have to bring plants in order to swap. Bring items such as gardening supplies, magazines, pots, seeds and one plate of food for the potluck.
More information can be found at

caption: These plants were given away at the 2013 swap. photo from M. Woodward

Monday, April 7, 2014

Schedule for Homespun Hobbies--my TV show that airs on Community Television

Programs are 14 l/2 minutes in length and run TUESDAYS at 10:45 a.m. and SATURDAYS at 8 p.m.

Upcoming Schedule:

Using Remnants  April 8 and 12

Flowered Quilt  April 15 and 19

Friends of the Library Book Sale  April 22 and 26

Friends of the Library Interview April 29 May 3

Friends of the Library Book Sale  Review May 6 and May 10

Using Vinyl Records  May 13 and May 17

Having Fun & Making a Table May 20 and May 24

Making Clocks Using Vinyl Records May  27 and May 31

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Original idea: Making a bedside table using album covers

I made this bedside table from a small sewing chest and album covers. It took me about one hour and lots of duct tape and clear tape. I LOVE IT!!!!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Photo frames from records

Easy to make and a great way to use special photos

Easy to make and cost just a few pennies--book ends from vinyl records.

Awesome book ends from old vinyl records

Inexpensive and hip way to make bowls. Upcycling vinyl records.

How to make a dish from a vinyl record:
l. Heat oven to 350 or higher. Be careful---breathing the fumes if not good. Cover your face.
2. Place record over a metal bowl and place in oven.
3. Let it heat for 5 to 7 minutes.
4. You can watch as it begins to change shape.
5. Remove from heat and place into larger bowl.
6. Use a dish towel and shape the bowl as needed.
7. It will dry quickly.
8. If it is not the shape you want, you can reheat and try again.
9. DO NOT USE AS A DISH TO EAT FROM---SERVING is okay----Use as serving dish with foods that have skins or coverings.

Fun use for old records