About Our Founders
In 1999, they started writing a children's story called Children of the Desert, which is a gathering of childhood memories of Phyllis' life in the Arizona desert. Knowing that a new Christmas story is needed, Phyllis Mae wrote "Twiglet, The Little Christmas Tree"TM. At the same time, Janey Loree started creating greeting cards with a rustic, original look.
In 2002, they came up with the name "PJ's Corner Cabinet" while on a trip to pick up a corner cabinet that Phyllis Mae had inherited from her parents. The "P" stands for Phyllis and the "J" for Janey. As they brainstormed all the way to Oregon and back, PJ's Corner Cabinet was shortened to "PJ's Corner." The long trip gave them the opportunity to finalize years of planning.
In 2003, PJ's Corner was established by Phyllis Mae and Janey Loree as a treasure trove for nostalgic products that feature a look from the past. The idea of PJ's Corner Gift Shoppe formed during a car trip to Oregon to pick up a corner cabinet Phyllis had inherited. This mother-and-daughter team often spend their time creating small, handmade items and writing children's books.
A Family History of Paper Dolls
Phyllis Mae has been sketching and drawing since 1956, and to date takes to her pen to create another doll and a whole line of outfits. Her original inspiration was her family. She created a line of dolls to represent her granddaughters and daughter. The original dolls included Chrissy, Melly, and Janae, "The Family Friends Paper Doll". Over the life of the company, the paper doll collection has grown to over 100 paper dolls. The style and flair of these dolls was applied to a number of products made by Janey Loree.