So, I got the new layout all set up. I took a basic format from one I found online and rewrote the HTML code to my liking. There are a few widget elements to add to the side bar and a few tweaks to the layout I'm planning, but for the most part I'm happy with the new look. What do y'all think?
Mom has already pointed out that the color scheme is one I've always favored -- plus the brown. It seems I've always been partial to pink and turquoise. Who knew! (Evidently everyone but me!)