Well ... actually time conquered the technology. I have successfully redirected my blog to my new domain http://www.solsistershandbags.com! Yeah!
It was pretty easy following Blogger's directions. There was even a click through to tell me exactly how to update my cname records at GoDaddy, where I bought the domain. I just hadn't waited long enough for the new cname record to update all the DNS servers before I tried the redirect. So if you want to do this... do the cname record, then wait 48 hours for it to take effect before you try the redirect from the blogger dashboard.
A little thank you needs to go out to http://twitter.com/ghozali who generously offer his help to solve the issue. Tweeps are awesome!