First of all, thank you Justpi for all the help so far. I now have a nearly finished design up on my test blog. (It's the candelabra link below.)
However, I have just a couple of other tiny questions:
1- How can I shift all of the sidebar images slightly to the right... preferably without having to add additional transparency to the left of my current PNG images? Here's the catch: there's a setting somewhere that cuts off anything going beyond the current rightmost border of the sidebar.
2- How do I change the body text color? Also, how do I change the color for links and headers without going through the colors menu? (If I use the colors menu, it eliminates my custom background and does not let me put it back.)
3- This may sound strange, but how to I delete the header menu? As it is, my custom background camouflages it so heavily that I've simply used a sidebar menu.
The blog I need help with is blacklightcandelabra.wordpress.com.