Popinjay: Toolbox of Hope

toolbox of hope

My laptop is very dear to me. I call it my toolbox. Since it’s from the Toughbook series, it is built to withstand drops, spills, and other toddler mistreatment. It also has a cool handle for easy grabbing. Inside, it holds everything that allows me to work from home. Everything I need to edit photos, design graphics and sites, set up auctions, write, and network with companies. With the current economy, the start of a new year, and me leaving the blog that was our main source of income, things have started to slow down. It is my hope that I can generate some consistent income with my toolbox. Inside it holds a lot of hope.

I’m participating in a weekly concept photography challenge started by my friend, Michelle. Last week’s challenge was HOPE. Next week’s is ALIVE. To learn how you can join us in the Popinjay challenge, visit michellependergrass.com.

pop⋅in⋅jay–noun–a person given to vain, pretentious displays and empty chatter.

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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.


  • Reply January 19, 2010

    Nikki @ Mommy Factor

    Girl I totally get wanting to keep your secrets. Like you said it was about safe guarding your biz so you can take care of your family. sometimes you have to be careful how you share info and with whom. Dust the guilt off your shoulder :)

    And yeah Im also a laptop groupie, I gotta checkout the Toughbook series. Thinking of getting a new one cause im wearing my current one out!

    • Reply January 19, 2010


      I’m starting to feel better. I just feel like maybe because of my secretiveness, I may have lost a few potential friends. You do what you gotta do.

      In full disclosure, my Toughbook is a review item. It is pricey. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya! Because this post is more about what it means to me and not me reviewing it, I did not want to ruin the moment going all into disclosure…but for the sake of the blog police…THERE.

  • Reply January 18, 2010


    Hey Sheena,
    Awesome template n very creative space.
    First time here, n glued to it.
    Totally agree with the laptop thing…can’t do without mine either…now tat i hv started blogging myself.
    Will be back,

    • Reply January 19, 2010



      Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you around :).

  • Reply January 18, 2010


    Welcome back to personal blogging!!! I so agree with the lap top… i am so late on getting one. doing my research as to which to get.. i cant stand to be another of those without a lap top all in all its much needed since this desk top is junk n super slow!

    • Reply January 19, 2010


      Hey girl, I’ve been looking for you. I see you’re at a new site. I’m happy to connect with you again!

  • Reply January 17, 2010


    My laptop is my baby. It gets me through everything it seems. So I understand what you mean completly!

  • Reply January 16, 2010


    I call my laptop my personal POS xD And I have been trying to use it to make money but it’s just not working out that way for me…

    Good luck to you though :D

    • Reply January 19, 2010


      You and that POS better make something happen, lol. You got the skills ;).

  • Reply January 15, 2010


    Work it!!!

  • Reply January 14, 2010

    Michele Lee


  • Reply January 14, 2010


    I’ve read your other website and I’m glad to see that you’re back on the personal blogging scene. I’d started to open another domain for the purpose of being a mommy blogger but I decided to just intertwine everything into one blog. It’s just easier that way.

    • Reply January 19, 2010


      It sure is easier. It took me, eh, 2yrs to figure that out. AGH.

      I’m glad to connect with you once again, mama. :)

  • Reply January 13, 2010


    Love this! And by the way, I love, love, love your blog design!

  • Reply January 12, 2010

    Michelle Pendergrass

    Sheena–I never thought of it that way. And I wouldn’t know you without having met Jaymi and I wouldn’t have met Jaymi without Twitter. :) And I just love you girls to pieces!!

    • Reply January 19, 2010


      Michelle, I am so, so glad we are friends. Thank goodness for Wednesdays and #scarf10, lol.

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