When my artist friend, Tom, asked this week if I’d like to decorate Easter eggs with him, I jumped at the chance.  Tom and Don, his longtime partner, live in a wonderful historic building on the Upper West Side.  Their bird’s-eye-view apartment overlooks the roofs of the Dakota – the site of John Lennon’s assassination and still home to Yoko Ono (who apparently owns a number of apartments inside the building.)   Former tenants of the Dakota include Leonard Bernstein, Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland and a host of other celebrities!

View from Tom and Don’s balcony overlooking the Dakota…

Photo overlooking the roof of the Dakota Apartments on the Upper West Side - taken by Joana Miranda

From their balcony, looking north (under the black arrow), you can also see my apartment building…

View from Upper West Side Oliver Cromwell Building looking north, photo taken by Joana Miranda

And exquisite views east into Central Park…

View from the Oliver Cromwell building looking east into Central Park, photo taken by Joana Miranda

(By the way, the view from their balcony looking south isn’t bad, either!)

View from Oliver Cromwell building terrace looking south, photo taken by Joana Miranda

However, I didn’t come just to gawk at the views.  There was decorating to be done, so we went down a floor to Tom’s studio to get to work.  

(Tom at work sewing a dress for his egg…)

Tom at work with needle and thread sewing a costume for his egg, photo taken by Joana Miranda

Here she is all dressed and ready to party…

Fancy decorated lady egg created by Tom, photo taken by Joana Miranda

Tom also created this cutie…

Photo of cute school girl egg created by my friend Tom, photo taken by Joana Miranda

Meanwhile, my contribution to the egg-head population included a Clown and Glamorous Fur-Head Lady…

Photo of clown and glamorous fur-head egg lady decorated by Joana Miranda

I left another sassy egg-lady with her hair-do half finished.  Fortunately, I’m invited back tomorrow to remedy that.  More pictures will be hatching soon!


    • joana says:

      Hi Nina,

      Day 2 of our egg decorating marathon will be posted soon. I have a little village of egg people now on our coffee table…

      🙂 Joana

        • joana says:

          Hmmm, good question! I actually didn’t make any Josephines, although some of my ladies might have some similar features:-)

          Maybe Josephine will join the egg-heads next year!

          Do you have anything nice planned for Easter? Are you getting nice weather in Mpls now?

          Ciao –

    • joana says:

      Thanks, Pam! I haven’t had that much fun decorating eggs in a loooong time!

      More pics will be posted shortly. Hope you are having a nice holiday weekend!

      🙂 Joana

    • joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      I’d never done egg-heads before either. My friend Tom is also busy decorating hats for the Easter Parade. I’m so bummed that I’m going to miss it this year:-(

      How are things going in Milwaukee-land? Have you been out in your garden?

      Ciao –

  1. Erin says:

    so fun! did you use hollowed out eggs so that they can be kept forever? my mom still has some decorated egg shells she made for me and my cousins when we were little. the weather is wet and cold in milwaukee right now…ugh

    • joana says:

      Hi Erin,

      My friend Tom blew out the eggs. Apparently, he blew out MANY eggs. Don says that Tom’s been putting eggs in everything and that he’s sure his cholesterol is through the roof now. I did bring my egg-head family home and will wrap it up in bubble wrap to store after Easter. I’d like to add more “relatives” to the family next year…can see how this would be an addictive tradition!

      Hope the weather improves for you! We’ve got dreary rain today, but tomorrow is supposed to be nice.


  2. Simmie Grey says:

    What a lovely time you semmed to have shared with Tom!

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