I think it's excellent - better than what i could do! There is always gimp (i know strange name) but its the free version like photoshop. you should drop by Lynn's Blog, she has this http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/2007/12/index-of-freeware-online-tools-for.html which lists freeware
pick a bright color that isn't already in your background, and then on the blog, you define that color as the background. That probably makes no sense, but if it does, maybe that helps.
I like the header very much! And I wish I'd been around to read your post where you seemed very discouraged ... would have given you a cyber hug. Hugs, Scarlet. I hope everything is better now.
emily- thanks!! ill go check out her site too...k- it does but i used an image for the background, and the header is an image file too that's opaque... i think maybe if i post it online i could do that thoughphoenix- thanks, and the cyberhug is just as appreciated now. and returned.