When I started my blog with Blogger last year, I could have never imagined I would have just as much fun (maybe more) 'decorating' my blog as I would actually blogging. I was hooked, and I had to literally stop myself from uploading new backgrounds and headers every week. And even more, I could never have predicted how much I would even enjoy the html coding part of blogging...I would troll the internet for tutorials on how to install things for your blog like a custom menu and custom fonts for your posts!
I soon started a closed test blog that I could use as my playground. :) (Which by the way, I highly recommend. Then you can try out all sorts of fun stuff and you don't have to worry about messing up your real blog in the middle of all of your learning). As much fun as it was though, I would say it was just as equally frustrating for me. It was almost painful when I wanted to do the simplest thing, but it seemed an impossible task. There's only so much you can learn on your own I guess. Then I came across Cinnamon Girl Studio, and I was so excited at all the possibilities it brought!
They are totally affordable, and they allow you to take a simple Blogger blog (she has Wordpress templates too, I just haven't used them before), and really make it work for you! You can have fully-functioning dropdown menus, and even awesome flash headers (slideshows). Perfect for someone who just loves to make their blog cute and functional. And if you're up for it, it's really not that hard to change out the background, play with the colors, and easily upload your own graphic at the top. You can even customize it even more after that if you're REALLY into the html coding part of things. Here's a blog (pictured below) I designed for a client who first purchased and installed (on her own) one of her templates here. I love that they allow even a family-blogger enthusiast to have something fun like a slideshow on their free Blogger blog without having to invest the money like someone who blogs for their business might be able to justify spending.
Really though, her templates are beautiful all on their own and further customization is really not even necessary! Make sure you go check all of the them out! Here's a link to the Blogger ones. I hope there's a few blog design enthusiasts out there who can benefit from her site! Let me know if anyone has any other questions and I'll try and answer them in the comments section!