*grin* podz ... yep, 'by' was funnier :o) but, thank you!
and, I imagine that she probably feels skinned after doing a dozen or so of these in a row ;o)
re: the layout, well ... i'm kinda partial to the left columns, but i see what you mean
as for the 'seriousness' of the style ... there is a dropdown menu for a second skin (guess I should have mentioned that, huh? - it is in the far left column) ... the other skin is a brighter orange/blue/white 'less serious' layout. so, visitors have their choice of 'looks'
that 'blockquote' look is accomplished by hacking the BLOCKQUOTE identifier in the .css. Add this to, or adapt what you already have, with something like this:
border: 3px double #725D4A;
I didn't know how to do that either, but earlier (on my other skin) I learned that on most wordpress blogs (standard installations) you can easily type in the same 'pathname' pattern of your own blog on their sites (using their domain, etc.) and then you can see their CSS files ... it is one way to learn CSS by just looking at examples and then experimenting on your own blog (of course, always keeping a backup of a 'good' wp-layout.css - just in case)
Thank you both for commenting. IMHO, Lisa does great work.