Before I began writing in earnest, I was bitten by the jewelry bug. I made all kinds of bracelets, watches, pins, and yes, cigar box handbags.
My dad picked up cigar boxes to store clock parts in as he repaired old clocks and there were a lot of parts. Every now and then, I'd rummage through them and find ones I thought would be sturdy for a handbag. Handsome helped me add the eye hooks and I made the handle. The interior is just as interesting as the exterior:
I suppose I could have added felt or a mirror, but I didn't. It's attractive all by itself.
Does Hattie carry handbags? Of course! Here's a sample from the romantic comedy mystery, Temporarily Insane: