Crafter Jamie Chan loves her Amazon Parrot so much, she named her indie business after her! Mary Jane’s Attic was her online store for years to the point that when I first met Jamie, I thought her name was Mary Jane. Mary Jane’s Attic eventually lead to her her brick and mortar fiber store, Urban Fauna Studio, located in San Francisco (1311 16th Avenue). We always knew about the great fiber, now we can find out more about Mary Jane herself!
Name of Pet: Mary Jane
Pet Type: Yellow Fronted Amazon Parrot
Favorite activity: Hanging upside down from her cage, trying to finagle peanuts from her parrot kong toy, grooming (lots of it), getting her head scratched, morning showers, and long walks on the living room carpet.
Favorite food: Chili Peppers, Strawberries and Peanuts
What does your pet do when you are crafting? Mary Jane serves as quality control officer on all Mary Jane’s Attic fibers and yarns. Each piece is strictly “beak tested”. She likes to unravel yarn and construct a nest from wool scraps.
Best thing about your pet: She is incredibly cheerful. Of all our pets, she is always in a good mood. Eager to greet us when we enter the room and she enjoys a good joke….even if she doesn’t quite get it all.
If your pet could talk, what do you think he/she would say? Our pet can talk! Most of the time I hear her say “Hi, Hello!”, “Love you baby”, “Woo, woo honey” and “What?” I imagine what she would say if you had more practice is “Stop playing so much NPR….puleeaze!” since we leave talk radio on all day for her when we go to work!
Can you share a pet tip you’ve learned since having your pet? Well, first off watch what you say around parrots. Many can mimic you, from dirty words to bodily noises. The Amazon parrot’s lifespan is 40-80 years (I’ve met an 85 year old Amazon) so plan to change their cage arrangement (who doesn’t like to remodel?) and toys on a regular basis. Be sure to feed them lots of fresh veggies and fruits but avoid foods with caffeine, coffee, kidney beans, lima beans and avocados. These foods are dangerous for parrots. And bathe your Amazon parrot on a regular basis, it does wonders for her mood and her skin!
In Jamie’s crafty news, her store Urban Fauna Studio is turning one year old soon! There will be a fun party and giveaway at the end of August. Subscribe to the mailing list or check out the Urban Fauna Studio blog for more details.