Welcome Kim - Keep in mind that you can create a unique, and even magnificent, look by using boring stock moldings from the home center (There is a Home Depot in Jackson as I recall, just off the interstate).
The technique is called doing a 'built up' baseboard or a 'built up' crown.
I googled a bit and found this picture
This baseboard is actually made from FIVE different standard trim pieces that all could be found at Home Depot.
As for tool - I strongly recommend you use an air nailer. doing this job by hand will be difficult to say the least. A miter saw would be very useful too.
Start out with a book. I have
It will give you a lot of ideas.