So, I finally bit the bullet and paid someone to make a custom banner for my shop. I don't have the right software (nor the patience) to do it myself, so it was certainly worth $5 to have someone do it for me. I love it!!! The design is very special to me; some people will recognize it. I'm not going to explain it yet...I'm thinking about making some kind of contest out of it.
Here is a link to the fabulous Etsian who made it for me: