I've just finished my first layout! Yippee! I created the dogwood image in Adobe Illustrator and edited the HTML to match it. I'm posting a picture of the layout here so that as I change my layouts periodically, I will always have a record of the old ones.
I've decided to go with the theme of dogwood blossoms for more than the reason that they are the state flower of my home state, Virginia. Dogwood blossoms have a special place in my heart because they would always bloom in the woods behind my home in the spring (my favorite season). So, it only seemed fitting to celebrate the beginning of the spring season with the dogwood.
After deciding on the dogwood, I remembered the legend of the dogwood tree that has reference to the Easter holiday. I guess that makes it even more fitting being that Easter is this weekend!