Just a quick update to say one big THANK YOU to everyone for commenting on my new design. Your words echoed my thoughts exactly--"too busy!" I liked the elements seperately, but together it was just too much.
One thing that I keep forgetting is that I want my pictures to pop, not my blog design itself :)
So, I've toned it down a bit. I like this better, I think--the style flows, but I feel like the header is missing something. I think I want to add a tad bit of color in there and the font for "Rose Valley Ranch" isn't quite right. Please add your own thoughts in the comments if you don't mind--it sure helps a lot!
Thank you, too, for all the kind comments. I'm completely self-taught when it comes to graphic design, so I'm blind and in the dark here. Your advice is my beacon of light through the shadows!
Once I get that done, I'll work on fixing my signature. Until then...