thanks ladies :D
! I had a lot of fun picking out the yarns for this one, as well as actually following the pattern for the first time - sort of (I did the garter stitch top but my Kitchener stitch joining the handles to the bag is more like a "sew the living crap outta this join so it won't break apart" stitch.
KK - the Not-So VBB is more of a rectangle or 'banana' shape, and has a loop closure. here, let me take a look at the book:
"This bubble bag reminds me of my mom's shopping bag - roomy and practical. The vintage look is very stylish right now, and although I used colors that are subtle, you can make yours wild and bold".
"The sedate Vintage Bubble Bag is reinvented with funky yarns and different handles".
(err... jeez, that really helps describe the differences... sorry.