One secret revealed! My husband is taking cooking classes and has started a notebook. He is on his way home today from a week long business trip and I have spent the week stitching a slip-in cover for his cooking notebook:
This is cross stitch (yeah I know) on perforated paper. The paper is a rust color. I used an overdyed floss for the lettering and all the rest is regular floss. All of the elements came from various books and online sources. The only thing I actually designed, besides the layout, was the chef's hat!