I worked up a new skin (based on the Custom skin), mostly designed using [url=http://www.inkscape.org/]Inkscape[/url] and then chopped into sections for the blog. It's not quite generic enough for general release, but maybe it could be converted in the future, especially if all the little fine details get worked out.
Please let me know what you think and if you notice any obvious ugly parts or bugs that need fixing. I always get impatient about going live with a site redesign before I go over everything with a fine-toothed comb (or with 10 different browser versions). :D