I already tried one designer and he gave me pre-fab, cartoony stuff that looked like it was for a children's cook book. I want it to look original, not like it came right off of Vistaprint. Slightly playful, maybe even a little fun, but definitely mature. It's for an older, female audience.
I prefer simple, clean lines and bold colors. Skip the textured backgrounds and drop shadows. One or two fonts max. One or two main elements max. It's a cooking site so it should look like it's about cooking, or preparing food at the very least. No chef's hats please.
Original illustrations are very welcome. No clipart.
Finally, I have a thing about the sun. If you can work a drawing of the sun in there I think I'd be very attracted to that but only if it seems natural to be there. I recently had a dream of a double-line drawing of a sun and make a very crude representation of that, which I've uploaded.
I know I'm going way overboard with the description but the last designer just didn't seem to get it no matter what I said so I'm just a little gun shy.
Thank you in advance! I look forward to seeing your design!