I think I found a much easier solution for what I really wanted to accomplish. I re-introduced rocketdocks into my desktop and vamped it up with "blossoms" icons. Also used BitFontMaker to introduce my own handwriting into the whole thing. I'm SO happy with the over all look considering it's my first attempt at this whole custom-desktop experience.
Special thanks to Someia for her amazing Rainlendar skin.
If anyone's interested check it out!