Custom Google background
How about adding one or more of your photos to your Google background? This is a free Google Chrome web extension. You can toggle the footer on & off, as an option. To toggle this back on, you will need to click on the orange bar icon at the top right of the page > Tools > Extensions > Options, within the info for this extension.
I’m also using “Hoverzoom” (to enlarge thumbnail photos on Amazon & Flickr) & “Turn off the lights”, (to darken the edges around YouTube videos) … they are free extensions also. I’ve put images of what they look like onto my Flickr Photostream … http://www.flickr.com/photos/14836724@N00/