Well, I think it took me about two weeks - which is a rather outrageous length of time - but I finally finished the purse I've been complaining about.
Overall I like it. It is the size I wanted and the straps are just about the perfect length.
I'm really happy, because this was really just a trial run with this pattern. I have had my eye on some "looks like leather" fabric at JoAnn's, but it was a little pricey for a risky attempt. I will be modifying a few things, however. In the bottom of the bag there is a piece of cardboard to keep the bottom of the bag flat and open. Since the pattern has the cardboard floating freely, it doesn't stay where it is supposed to very well. I'll be changing that, as well as the way that the straps attach. But really, who cares about such technical details? Here's another view of the bag instead: