For now, I am checking out backgrounds on the Shabby Chic Blogger Backgrounds website (or, as they call it, "Blog Couture"). Here are the runners-up from this blog-background-provider:
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Hmm.. which one will I choose? ;-)
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UPDATE (same night): I didn't end up choosing any. LOL! Was too much work to make them line up and wasn't sure how to get rid of the original blogger template.
That's okay, I think for the purposes of this blog, simpler will be better :)