I completely feel you. I am a self taught sewer and it can be rough. Sometimes I wish I could just watch someone and as questions, just once! Your purses turned out wonderful. That pattern is for intermediate sewers so that fact that you did it for your first shows you have mad skills!
I second Alwaysinmyroom and say join the purse craft-a-long. It's a lot of fun and lonely sewers like us can ask questions.
Amazing purses. You deserve to be proud!