Haven't blogged for quite awhile and I feel like I'm starting all over from scratch...my brain included. However, after a little investigating I found a great tool to create custom buttons for my blog. Creating the buttons in a format I wanted was the easy part...linking them (mapping my image to website) was the tricky part.
Step by step instructions from the blog below...
(http://www.image-maps.com) is a lifesaver!