So I went yarn shopping the next day and started the purse. I think I knit it up in like a week. The lining and zipper took a little longer than that, but I had until just before Christmas before the next ladies night. Here it is, back when I was working on the lining.
She had her purse with her last night! I knew she didn't just switch it for the occasion since she had come from work. And she had definitely been using it since it had receipts and papers in it too. Things that would not have been put in if she had changed purses just for the occasion. I was so thrilled. It's the first time I've seen one of my own in action!