Hey all -- Just a quick note about that cool new background design behind my middle panel on the blog. I was just weary of the very limited options for blog backgrounds that are now offered by Blogger, under the Template Designer. Other than that limitation, I've enjoyed toying with the new design features.
But what about other background choices?
So I went looking online, and found this site, Pattern Cooler. It's free, if you use the simple download. Its backgrounds come with a png file extension, which works fine with Blogger. What I liked about Pattern Cooler is that you can choose a background pattern, and then you can play with the colors. This one was a 3-color pattern, but I changed its colors to suit my banner photo better. You can also add a little texture to the background pattern -- a very nice feature. Give it a try.