Your suggestions had a lot in common. First of all:
EVERYONE LOVES STEPHANIE PERKINS' WEBSITE.
And with good reason. Look how cute!
Her header is adorable, and the site itself is easy to use, which is something y'all mentioned a lot- top navigation with clear labels was very popular:
Stephanie's site also makes good use of white space, another element many of you like:
(I love that Cass suggested Emilia's site, because I took that picture of E on the right, when we were in LA!)
Of course as queen of the internet, Maureen Johnson has an appropriately awesome site. Labels at top, easy to navigate, and white space around the important parts.
So. To thank you guys for giving me so much great info to work with, here's a little giveaway. I numbered the comments...
and went to random.org for a number.
(By the way: I still owe several of you tote bags from... uh, last spring. I know. They're sitting in my dining room, where they've been sitting since... um, last spring. For real. I need to get addresses and I'll be sending around emails soon. Like really soon, not "six months from now" soon.)
Given my incredible punctuality, I'm sure this redesign will take no time at all.