A little update on my re-design. I decided to change my colors from raspberry and medium gray to:
Normally, I'm not a pastel person, but I've found myself drawn to these shades on various Pinterest boards. They're soothing, almost ethereal -- in a word, everything I'm not >:-D
I've also selected new fonts: Century, which is a basic serif font for my name and Kunstler Script as an accent font.
My blog banner is a work-in-progress, but you can see the fonts and color(s) in action there. I plan to add some photos to my banner once I re-take them.