Thank you to everybody who voted for the new header! I tallied up all your votes and...decided to go with something completely different. :)
After hearing all your feedback and living with them both for a bit, I decided I liked elements of each, so I asked Melanie at Mommy Doodles Design to make me a couple more options to look at. She complied, because she's awesome like that. I was a pretty demanding client considering this is all FREE and I must say she's been patient and wonderful the entire time; responsive, creative, and always willing to go the extra mile. So thank you, Melanie! If you're looking for any graphic design work I recommend checking her out (and no, that recommendation was not required or requested as a condition for winning the giveaway; that's totally my own opinion, given totally voluntarily!).
So. I think what you see now is the final header. I decided against the darker ones in the end because I do like the lighter, brighter feel. Also as one commenter noticed, the pink lady was facing the opposite direction in those ones. I like her facing this way, for whatever reason! LOL. So overall this is my choice; I like the lighter colors, the placement of the pink lady, the fun font, and how it kind of flows with the rest of the blog's design.
I love my new look! It feels grownup and professional. And since my entire purpose as a blogger is the acquisition of wealth, fame, and power, grownup and professional seems only fitting. I'm sure my book deal and big-brand advertisers are right around the corner. :)
What do you think?