The Farm Chicks Kickoff Party {#AnthroEvents}

Things you never expect to see…your name on an Anthropologie event flyer. At least that is true for me. I mean the last time I visited the Anthropologie in my town, I’m pretty sure I had a baseball hat on and no one was there to mingle with me.

I just returned from The Farm Chicks Antique Show in Spokane. I was helping my friend Amanda with her BeCrafty Workshop (more on that later). The show started on Saturday, but Friday night Jenny Keller (of Jenny Cookies) hosted a kickoff party at the Spokane Anthropologie….

anthroI arrived with Amanda, Sara, and Lesley. Serena, the founder of The Farm Chicks, was already inside. There were two sweet ladies checking guests’ names off a list before you could enter the event. We gave them our names, but we weren’t on the list. Part of me thought, “Well, of course, we aren’t on the list. Let’s head back to the hotel and put on our pjs!” We all felt so awkward trying to figure out how to tell her who we were and why we were there. Eventually, Amanda broke down and quietly said, “Our names are on the graphic you sent out.” I was trying not to laugh at our group awkwardness.

We stepped inside to be greeted by Jenny, who outdid herself with the entire event. It was beautiful in every way. Women creating floral crowns, totes and body scrubs. There were tables of the cutest desserts and drinks. Again…enter our group awkwardness. The four of us had no idea what to do at a “meet and mingle”. Do we stand in one place? Do we walk around? Can I hide in a clothes rack? Please someone come talk to me because I don’t know what to do!

THANKFULLY a few sweet women came up to me and broke the ice. It turned into a beautiful evening of chatting face to face with a handful of women that read this random blog of mine. It felt like meeting old friends…only I was wearing a dress and heels with flowers on my head, which is SO FAR from normal for me.


I came home and returned to my normal routine. Lots of sweeping floors, washing dishes and hearing, “MOM!…..” all day long. I thought back to the night in Spokane and an invitation with my name under “Meet and Mingle With” and it all makes me laugh a little. Heels and flowers and a necklace at an Anthro event with my name highlighted – so far from what life is really like.

It was fun to get dressed up and I wish I could wear a floral crown every day, however, standing at my kitchen sink in my tennis shoes, hair in a bun and gym shorts is real life. As much fun as the night was (and gorgeously planned) – given the chance I would have relished meeting those women at my kitchen table. I would have poured them a cup of coffee in an Anthro mug and the cookies would not have been near as cute, but it would have felt like they were meeting a fuller picture of me. A less glamorous, but also a little less awkward! IMG_8501Special events and nights away are so, so good, but real day-to-day life in all its mess and lack of glamour will always remain my favorite. I just wish there was less sweeping involved!





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  • Jenn - looks like I fun night. I would have been uncomfortable too. glad you were in a group even though you all may have felt awkward. real day life is great. glad you are back home in your comfortable. sweeping……..just this morning I crawled under the table with my hand held vacuum to pick up all the crumbs under there. it was a crazy amount.
    have a great day. hopefully with not too much sweeping.

  • Becky - I just love you! I have so enjoyed your blog for years. And to be perfectly honest, I’m glad you’re getting recognition on an Anthropologie invite! The world needs more “Ashley”! I know that’ll make you blush but you’re honesty, walk with the Lord, family values and that cute smile should be shared with this broken world.

  • Byron - So did you show them the proper form for front squats? πŸ˜€

    Glad you had fun! I need to get that photo signed so I can say, “I knew her when…”. LoL!

    Good to have you back!

  • Krystle Detwiler - So you’ve been to WA twice now that I’ve seen, and I’ve missed both! Urgh! Come back one day and I swear I’ll attend!! πŸ™‚ Dang Spokane being 6 hours away by car or costing a plane ticket. πŸ™ Hope you enjoyed the side of the state that has 4 seasons! πŸ™‚

  • Sara - Our names are on the graphic ???? still laughing about that hahahaha miss you.?

  • Sara - And the ???? Are supposed to be emojis. Oy I’ll just use the old school wink πŸ˜‰

  • amanda - goodness, that was a fun night. I will never stop laughing about trying to get in. xo

  • AshleyAnn - Good times. Good times!

  • AshleyAnn - I miss you too!

  • AshleyAnn - Krystle – Well, I hope to bring back my family one day! It is a beautiful state!

  • AshleyAnn - Nope – no squat form lessons…and it is good to be back at Crossfit πŸ™‚

  • AshleyAnn - Thank you Becky πŸ™‚

  • AshleyAnn - How do all the crumbs get under the table? I ask myself a version of that question way too many times a day!

  • Analne Love - Ashley~ I so wanted to come and to meet you in person! I realized the dates were upon me at the last minute and my husband graciously offered to send me off for the day – a 2-3 hour drive from where I live in North Idaho.
    Through a few silly tears I have to tell you, I decided to stay home and enjoy the weekend with he and the rest of my favorite people (all 10). This blogging, it is a push/pull of emotion when reckoning with what one sees through the screen and esteems as valuable, and what one experiences on this side of it which is also valuable though maybe not as edited or noticed. When weighing the decision to stay or go, the importance seemed heavier in favor of stay. It was a lovely weekend, AND I missed you. Too bad there’s no way to do all the favorite things at once! πŸ™‚

    Since taking your DSLR class a year ago January, I have considered you a friend πŸ™‚ I often think of you when I pick up my camera, and take so much pleasure in having this fun toy/creative outlet that I can enjoy in the midst of busy life! Thanks again, for sharing your skill and eye for beauty on your blog. I love to visit just to be heart-edified and for my eyes to find a resting place.

    I love what you guys are doing there across the states. I love what you are sharing with others! And I do love T-shirts and hair tossed into a bun myself.
    You are very precious Ashley. Keep glorifying Jesus with your own unique sparkle!

    Maybe I’ll pop in to see you next time you’re in the Pacific Northwest πŸ™‚

    All my heart,
    Your sister


  • Serena - Hee hee hee hee Oh my goodness this is just the sweetest and cutest. I’m so thankful to have you ladies in my life. Looking forward to more to come. Lots of love.

  • Katie Thomassen - So incredibly bummed. Made it to the show (5 hours of driving including a stop for “a weird noise under the hood) but I didn’t have the chance to see you and say hi! I DID see your sister, Leslie, out and about and peaked into the crafting room, aka Fort Knox (just kidding, but there was no sneaking in, that’s for sure! πŸ™‚ Maybe next time. The show itself was amazing and the time spent with friends was priceless. And I will be following your search for a Roomba….

  • Tasha B. - Amen! All the formal hooplah does make it awkward. But beautiful! And I thought not to bombard you / worked up my courage to come say hi and by then you gals were gone. Next time I’ll be brave! πŸ™‚

  • AshleyAnn - Tasha – I wish you had come to say HI!!!!

  • Farm Chicks PRE-PARTY at Anthropologie » Be Crafty - […] After spending that entireΒ day at the show setting upΒ for Saturday’s workshop , time quickly flew by and the girls and IΒ ran back to our hotel to get ready for the pre-party event. We were all a little frazeled trying to get ready so fast. Β We meet Β up with Jessie and Stevie in the hotel lobby and walked over to Anthropologie. The girls are I were quite nervous walking over. Ashley says it best on herΒ blog post. […]

  • candice - I love your kitchen! What is that hanging in the window?

  • AshleyAnn - Candice – it is an old DIY project πŸ™‚