Thank you, thank you, Rachael, for the pointers about how to design one's own blog header. Your explanations were very helpful--and yet I *still* spent way too many hours to admit how long it took.
Once I got the hang of it, it was fun to play around with the designs--but I still very frustrated by the limitations. I wish that "ribbons" came in colors other than pink and brown. I wish I could crop my picture of matrioshka dolls so that there's no background--just the dolls, so I could position them on the page as a decoration. (Anyone know how to do that???? I'd be SOOOO grateful!) I would also really appreciate it if anyone could show me how to install seamless wallpaper strips on both sides of the blog, about 2 cm wide (or maybe a tad bigger).
Here's another header I did:
Time to go back to bed... Still sick... But at least both girls were in school today for the first time in thirteen days!!!