I was so determined. Once I decided I was going to finish this purse I wouldn't let myself work on anything else - crafty-wise. It took me forever -okay, maybe a total of 20 hours - but to me that is FOREVER on one project. I try and pick out things that I can finish in a couple of hours or so. I sewed pieces of fabric in the wrong spot, ripped them out and re-sewed them. I actually have blood on the purse from where I poked myself with a safety pin - FYI you bleed much more from poking yourself with a safety pin than with a regular sewing needle. But - it's done. It looks great, but it doesn't have any interior pockets and my date book doesn't fit in it - damn. My mom said it would be a much quicker project the second time around - PUHLEASE - there will be no next time. :).