Giveaway: Tiny Tree Canner Print by Johanna Wright

October 9, 2012(updated on October 3, 2018)

tiny tree canner

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.

tiny tree canner

So, when author (she has written twobeautiful 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 info

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.

thank you!

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.

  1. Leave a comment on this post. Tell me about the best gift you ever gave or received.
  2. 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.
  3. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: Joanna Wright gave me the print you see pictured here, along with an additional one for this giveaway. I was not compensated for running this post and my opinions remain my own. 

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365 thoughts on "Giveaway: Tiny Tree Canner Print by Johanna Wright"

  • My finance arranged a multi phone facetime call on my 30th birthday because we had just moved really far away and I was missing my friends. Almost made me cry.

  • A few years back a friend of mine gave me the gift of letting me have a long, hot bath in their squeeky-clean tub on my birthday. At the time, I was working hard on a farm and living up in a dusty loft in one of the farm buildings. Leaving the farm, soaking in that tub and feeling relaxation seep inside my skin was a wonderful gift that I was so thankful for.

  • I think the best gifts I give are my canned goods. The recipients always seem genuinely please with receiving them.

  • Best gift ever given? Probably mittens to my mom. I was an athletic kid, so the fact that I learned how to knit as an adult still blows her mind.

    Received? Surfing lessons from my husband.

  • Best gift ever given – one year I made pajamas for each person in my family – I’ve haven’t managed to get organized enough to do handmade gifts since. Maybe this year…

    Best gift ever received – snowshoes from my husband

  • the best give i ever gave was taking boxes of jumbled childhood photos and compiling them all into photo albums. my creative and devoted mom had kept meticulous albums until i was about 10, after that life got busy, we grew big and priorities shifted. i handcovered the albums with fabric, put all the photos in order with captions and presented them to her one christmas. (she didn’t even know i had taken the boxes of photos!) she was delighted. this was about the time my sister and i started having children who LOVED to pore over each and every page…which always lead to stories both hilarious and heartwarming! now that my mom is gone, my sister and i too love to slowly flip through each page, remembering that amazing woman that she was…

  • Best present I ever received was from my husband two Christmas’s ago. He gave me a bottle of wine, a box of Belgian chocolates and a gift certificate to the spa. He totally indulged me. Living in a house full of men it was a nice change to get something girly.

  • The truly best gift I ever gave was my time assisting an english challenged Chinese woman give birth to her child.
    Since then we became friends and I am teaching her to can and she is teaching me how to cook Chinese food. She is also a farmer and gives me fresh produce when they have leftovers from the farmers market.

  • The best gift I ever gave, was an offer to give a specific dollar amount to the non-profit of the recipients choice. It was a pleasure to feel that we were both giving together in a way that might make a difference.

  • My best recent gift was a homemade breakfast of scones and jam and hot coffee, prepared by my husband and two babies, and presented with colorful drawings (courtesy of the 5 year old), and lots of hugs and kisses from all.

  • Gift received: every year my husband, a carpenter, makes me something for our home. Love him and all of my gifts!

    Gift given: a warm, down coat for my cold-blooded carpenter husband who works outside in the winter.

  • best gift i ever received was my pressure canner from my mother in law…opened a whole new door of possibilities! 🙂

  • I get the best gift everyday when my 2 1/2 yr old stands on the ottoman and sings me songs with her homemade microphone. She brings me laughter everyday!

  • My best gift to someone was a handmade quilt. He had been badly injured and could not tolerate the cold – so it was just right for him. The fact that he rode motorcycles was not missed by me, because the print was motorcycles on a cream background. I quilted around each and every one with love, hope and good wishes. The backing was chocolate brown and the thread was bright red. It turned out nicely, probably because there was so much love put into it.

  • The best gift I ever gave was a fig tree with folded money clipped to the leaves on Mother’s day. The money was a loan repayment to my mother. I had been putting her off every time she mentioned it because I was saving the cash up to give it to her all at one, rather than piecemeal. It was just in time too, because she was starting to wonder about my excuses.

  • Best gift I ever received was my parents old car before I moved away. I thank them every month I don’t have a car payment and I’m hoping to buy their current one off of them so I can keep up the no car payment while actually paying them.

  • Short time after my husband and I were married, I found his families ‘chilla sauce’ recipe in an old book. He said that no one every made it any longer because his aunts and uncles were too old to do the work. That fall, I decided to give it a try. For Christmas, each of his elderly aunts and uncles were given a quart jar. They were thrilled over the gift. When they told me it was exactly how they remembered and how much they appreciated it, it was a gift from them.

  • My two best friends in high school threw a surprise party for my birthday, and wrapped hundreds of Starburst candies (my faves!) in inspirational/ funny quotes they knew I’d like. That was many years ago, but I still have the jar of quotes (and the friends)!

  • My sister and I have swapped a few rad gifts over the last year and a bit. For her wedding two years ago the photographer didn’t show up, so the year after I got her a “Trash the Dress” photo shoot with a cool photographer in her city. This year she bought me a Sony eReader – for her birthday, not mine – along with a credit so I could buy a bunch of books!

  • The best gift I ever received was a new pair of jeans…with a pair of tickets to see the Rolling Stones in the back pocket.

  • The best gift traditions started the year 3 friends at university (one being me) decided we didn’t really have enough money to buy gifts. So, we pooled our resources, and spent an entire weekend baking. Everyone got home-made gift packs that year. More than 20 years later, we’re still at it, in 3 different cities, each of us with our own team of helpers now. My uncle would be crushed if I didn’t give him his mocha-hazelnut nanaimo bars, and chocolate-cherry-nut bark. I’m also a knitter, and my best friend always gets something purple and hand-knit (one of the somethings is always a dishcloth, so as hers wear out, she always has a new one ready to go).

    Best gift I’ve ever received? Tie between the spinning wheel and the electronic keyboard (both gifts from my husband). He knows me very, very well.

    It’s my birthday on the 12th, so I’m hoping that helps my luck!

  • I was so proud and happy the first time I gave entirely handmade presents to everyone in my family for Christmas. That was 3 years ago and I’ve kept it up and everyone loves it!

  • Tough question! When I was transitioning from elementary to high school my mom gave me my saxophone I’d been renting for band class. Turns out she’d worked out a rent-to-own deal with the music shop and I had no idea the whole time. That was the first time I got a big, expensive gift so it sticks out in my mind.

    Best gifts I give, I feel, are knitted and canned items. They take way more effort than ordering something online at the last minute and thankfully most people recognize the work and love that went into them.

  • Best gift received: letters of reflection from my parents when I graduated from high school.
    Best gift given: Te clay “legless lizard” I made for a diorama in 4th grade and then gave to my mom. Must have been a great gift since she still has it displayed nearly 30 years later!

  • Best gift I ever received was a quilt top that my deceased grandmother had made so that I would have something of hers. It was a selfless gift from an aunt of mine.

  • The best gift I have ever received was from my Dad and Step Mom. They know how much I love to read and bought me a nook for Christmas the year they first came out. It’s one of the few things I’ve received that I use almost every day and I still love it.

  • The best gifts I have given have been those from the heart, whether handmade baby clothes or a trip to Havana for my partner’s 40th. My favorite gifts are always heartfelt, too — a vegetarian cookbook, a beautiful framed photograph, a knitting book. I love when people know what I love.

  • I think the my favorite present to give was last year making Christmas stockings for my son and I- to start off holiday traditions of our own. My favorite present to receive was a surprise 40th birthday party thrown by my family and including a delicious Thai feast prepared by everyone.

  • My husband gave me an antique window with 4 panes. Each pane had a tree that represented the seasons. I have a slight tree obsession and a bit of a canning obsession so this would just be the best of both worlds!

  • I don’t know if I could properly choose between all the lovely gifts I’ve gotten over the years! So I’ll just mention one I love a lot. My husband gave me a long fluffy down jacket one year after he noticed I was cold waiting for the bus to work. I couldn’t live without it!

  • Last Christmas, my husband and I made several kinds of homemade ravioli, froze them, and gave them to friends. We enjoyed the process of making them probably even more than the eating!

  • The best gift I ever received was our second son. Our first son was a struggle, hard to conceive, hard to carry, hard to deliver, and a very unhappy( though much loved) baby. Our second son was a surprise, a delightful pregnancy and is a deliriously happy baby. I always say our first son is like climbing K2 and our second is like a stroll around the lake. It was a huge gift to see that we were not in fact crappy parents but that our oldest was just a difficult baby.

    The best gift I ever gave hmmm. I guess that would be up to the recipient but I think the gift I put the most work into was the year I gave matching afghans to my grandmas. I had to start them in July to finish them by Christmas.

  • Way back in the days before the internet and Craigslist, for my 11th birthday my Dad tracked down a used white 10 speed bike. I was so happy to get ride of my hot pink, flowerey banana seat, one speed!

  • What stands out in my mind when I think of the best gift is a potholder that a really destitute neighbor of mine gave me when I was studying abroad in Russia almost 10 years ago. I think she gave it to me as a going away present when I was leaving to come back home, but I can’t quite remember. All I know is that I had to fight back tears when she gave it to me, and I still use it all the time and think of her whenever I see it.

  • I would have to say that the best gift I ever given happened to be my last years homemade blueberry preserves. I gave them out to neighbors and a few weeks later one of them called me to tell me how delicious it was and even how they served it on their ice cream.

  • Almost every year I give my mom a planner with a photo I’ve taken on the cover. I get it printed from Snapfish. It seems simple, but my mom’s planner is her lifesaver – everything is in there and it never leaves her side. She likes having a custom photo on the cover, she says people compliment it all the time ask where she got it. =)

  • One of my favorite gifts was a hand made flower press. My friend Caitlin cut, sanded, and wood burned a quote onto it, it is beautiful! I pressed plants all summer and have so many beautiful pressed flowers because of my brithday present.

  • The best give I ever received was my family spending money to fly me home for the holidays instead of buying me presents 🙂

  • i drew vegetables and fruit on tagboard, colored them with colored pencils and mounted them on popsicle sticks which i then ‘planted’ in the front yard of one of my besties early in the morning to surprise her. she still talks about it. so fun.

  • Last December my husband and I went a little crazy at We decided to use our exess by making spice gift baskets for our family and friends. We got a bunch of little spice jars, filled them up and labeled them, then my husband, who is a great carpenter, made little gift boxes just big enough to hold 4 spice bottles. Everyone loved them.

  • The best gift I’ve received thus far is my cat, Sophie. My best friend’s mother remarried and due to her husband’s allergies she needed to find a new home for her cat. Sophie was intended to be my birthday present but the timming worked out that way. We’ve been happy human-cat companions for almost 5 years now.

  • When you are as old as we are there have been many wonderful gifts. But, the most expensive, and the one which perhaps left me the most speechless, was a few years ago. I was whining and getting somewhat weepy because the dearly beloved had forgotten about my birthday, and for some reason I really needed the acknowledgement that year. So, without batting an eye, he asked if getting me a new car would make up for it. After a very brief pause, I smiled and said, “Oh, I think so.”

  • My husband did a great job of surprising me with my dream sewing machine one year for my birthday. Definitely one of my favorite presents.

  • One of the best gifts I gave was for a White Elephant party. My girlfriends and I decided to have our “holiday”party in March, so our much needed dollars could go towards our family in December.
    A White Elephant is similar to polyanna, except you have no idea who you are buying for. Each person picks a gift from the pile. Then when all the gifts are picked, we set a timer for 5 minutes and we go around in a circle stealing and swapping gifts from each other. My gift was movie theater gift card with some candy and snacks. There was a bonus gift card of free babysitting to go along with the movie night. Since most of us are mommies with children under the age of 5, it was the most coveted gift of those 5 minutes. I managed to get a nice relaxing bag of bath products and was so amused to watch my friends friendly fight over a kid free night filled with chocolate. It was very rewarding to see my idea be so sought after.

  • When I was in college, my mother surprised me with plane tickets to France. She said if I didn’t go then, it would be awhile before I had the chance again, and she was right! I’m so grateful to her for the experience I had there.

  • The best gift I’ve given was how much my husband enjoyed a homemade cherry pie I made for him on his birthday. He ate the entire thing in ONE day! The best gift I’ve ever received has been a plane ticket home to visit my family for Thanksgiving.

  • Best gift I have ever received was this year from my husband. For our 5th anniversary (the wood anniversary) he made me a necklace hanger mostly from found objects around the house. It is beautiful & functional & cost about $3!

    Best gift given would be the same anniversary I gave him a sign for his bike cave I made with a wood burner on a scrap piece of wood. Neither gift cost much, but meant the world.

  • I am disturbingly practical, even when receiving gifts. Fortunately my husband understands this, and most of the gifts he gives me are useful. My most recent favorite was a swing-top trash can for my laundry room. I had been griping about having to carry big handfuls of dryer lint to the kitchen to throw away, and he surprised me with a trash can dedicated solely to the laundry. It proves he listens, and I use it every day.

    Of course, my all-time favorite gift is my engagement ring, but that goes without saying…

  • My favourite gift that I have given was a hand woven blanket that I gave to a family member for their wedding. The colours were beautiful and I love giving handmade gifts. I also love receiving them as well.

  • I LOVE IT!!!
    Pick me! Pick me!
    I’m pretty thrilled with the pressure canner I got for Christmas last year. It’s hard to pick, because I am lucky to be the recipient of many, many heartfelt gifts over the years!

  • I think the best gift I ever gave was a sweater I knitted for my hard- to- please 9- year- old daughter. She wore it all the time until she outgrew it. It made me realize she would prefer something hand made over just about anything (except perhaps a horse!) How lucky!

  • The best gift I have received was from one of my employees at work. What made it best was that it was entirely unexpected. The employee knew I collected pigs and found a wind chime with little pigs that hit the chimes.

  • The best gift I had ever received was for my last birthday. Turning 26, I was a little scared and disheartened. The night of my birthday, my partner placed a poem that he had written on our notice board. That poem was a riddle, a part of a four-piece treasure hunt that sent me scurrying throughout my apartment building for the better part of an hour. At the end of it, I was in tears, my arms cradling the gifts I had always wanted: a miniature ship in a bottle, a vintage typewriter and a little stuffed editor monkey (the monkey was more of a joke, but it was nonetheless welcome). The thoughtfulness and love behind this invention overwhelmed me and made this the most memorable gift experience of my life.

  • I admit that I am very lucky to have an incredibly generous family, but one of my favorite gifts came this summer from a friend. I was studying for an enormous test and feeling cranky and discouraged when there was a knock on my door. This friend lives an hour away drove down just to drop off 4 bags of my favorite ginger snaps to encourage me, before driving back again.

  • When I snuck away with my niece on her second birthday and gave her ice cream (soft serve) for the first time in her life. I’ll never forget that look on her face…

  • This isn’t touching or anything…but one Christmas I received a toy Robot from “Lost in Space.” It was my favorite show. The Robot glided along and warned “Danger Will Robinson” as one would expect! 😉

  • The tree canner is delightful. Whimsical.
    the best gift I was ever given was the gift my mother gave me. She spent time in the kitchen preserving her garden produce. While her garden fed us for much of the winter, the trip to our cold room (basement) was a fun responsibility, because not only did we get to scurry by the monster (gas furnace which would roar at about any time you didn’t expect it), but also we got to sniff out the best selection of fruit or vegetables to grace the meat and potatoes she was cooking upstairs. My most favorite preserved vegetable to choose was the pickled beets in pint jars, with the color resembling some necklaces of rich ladies, and the worst was the saurkraut. (sorry…it was just too long to get it prepared, and the whole house reeked of pickled cabbage. eeeew!) Sometimes I got to choose the kind of jam or jelly for breakfast. In the basement, our cold room had a special metal closet where we stored the sweet things we preserved. Choke cherry, crab apple and mint, currant, gooseberry, strawberry, peach jellies and jams. I felt honored to be the one who chose the toast toppers for the week. Can you guess what my favorite one to choose was? Rhubarb and strawberry. Second came the raspberry because my dad liked it so much.

    That kind of memory, treat or gift as it was, will last me a lifetime of cold winter nights. I love to follow in her footsteps, and have replaced my love for big batches to smaller ones (especially the pear and vanilla bean I made earlier this summer) and teach others in my area how to stuff their pantries with things that are good for you, while teaching them to be safe with the canners. Thanks for reminding me about her gift to me, and your great idea to preserve in smaller batches. Susan

  • The best gift I ever received was a spinning wheel from my husband. He wasn’t good at hiding things like that, but there it was christmas morning. It was the best thing he gave me (other than my son).

  • The best gift I ever got was for Mother’s Day when my kids were young and went to a ceramic painting store. My daughter painted me a plaque that said “Mom’s Office” that I still have hanging above my computer and my son painted a matching switch plate cover. Both have flowers and bees painted them.