If you’ve been reading this site for any length of time, you’ll know I don’t limit my use of jars just to canning. I store dry goods and leftovers in them, keep pens and scissors stashed inside those with chipped rims and have even dedicated a giant jar to corralling my husband’s LEGO collection. In addition to pressing jars into service wherever possible, I also happen to be something of a fool for depictions of jars and the act of canning.
So, when author (she has written two beautiful books for children) and artist Johanna Wright got in touch back in the summer and asked if I’d like “Tiny Tree Canner,” one of her canning-related prints, I said yes immediately. I am entirely charmed by this image of a woman doing her canning in the center of a cozy tree. What’s more, I am tickled by how it visually evokes the idea of “squirreling away.” I know that I’m not the only one who sometimes refers to her preserving in that manner.
Johanna Wright grew up in Eugene, Oregon and currently lives in Portland. Though she’s not a canner herself, she grew up around it. She initially painted this image as a gift for her mom and when her sisters spotted it, they wanted it as well. So prints were made and happily, they’re now available for the rest of us too!
In addition to this image, she also has two different prints in her shop of floating jars (one is done on an orange background and the other is done on a turquoise background that I think is the exact same color as my stove). I am tempted.
I realize that none of us are quite prepared to start talking seriously about the holidays yet (though Macy’s seems entirely ready, they were setting up the holiday tableware when I walked through two weeks ago), but should you be shopping for a jar lover or avid canner this holiday season, you might want to consider one of Joanna’s prints! At $25, they’re quite affordable. A basic frame from a Ikea and you have a lovely gift.
Joanna has given me a second “Tiny Tree Canner” print to give away to one of my readers. If you want to throw your hat in the ring for a chance at it, here’s what you do.
- Leave a comment on this post. Tell me about the best gift you ever gave or received.
- Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Friday, October 12, 2012. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog over the weekend.
- Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.
- One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.