ooh, if you ever find out, let me know. I want to launch a new one and go public again!
Kel- Have you heard of blog fairy? Check her out, I think she has some reasonable prices. But there are also a few tutorials on Shabby Blogs that will teach you how to do pages, your own signature, and some other stuff. Also, picnik.com will let you do photo collages for free that you can use for your banner! Let me know if I can help!
and wordpress is my favorite host for blogs. they have endless options.