Commemorate the fiber things in life with works of art made from asparagus, carrots, scallions and eggplants. Designed for looking, not cooking, each one-of-a-kind vegetable is freeze-dried and mounted in an air-tight frame by an artist trained in the simple yet complex techniques of vegetable art. Nothing will speak quite as eloquently to your vegetarian friends as this gift of roughage. Intended to evoke the enduring relationship between humans and their roots, these crudite creations surely will grow into treasured family heirlooms. Perfect for decorating meal preparation centers and compost collection nooks. A must for anyone who appreciates antioxidants.

Framed vegetables, $124.50 each (specify asparagus, carrot, scallion or eggplant) or $459 for all four, plus shipping and handling. Item Nos. PSD02 and PSD02A, Blooming Creations, 1722 Peachtree Lane, Bowie, Md. 20721-3018 or call (800) 517-0400.

You've heard it said about breakfast, you've heard it said about fish. Now you can be among the first to test "edible brains" as the world's most perfect brain food. The deep thinkers at Archie McPhee have developed an ingenious solution for jump-starting

sluggish cerebral neurons: A plastic mold that produces an authentic-looking brain made out of your favorite gelatin. So what if the cerebellum shakes and quivers and generally looks disgusting: It takes guts to eat brains! Speed up your next departmental meeting by bringing a platter of edible brains -- coffee-flavored perhaps? -- and a dozen spoons.

Brain Gelatin Mold, $11.95 plus $4.95 for shipping and handling. Item No. M5080. Archie McPhee, P.O. Box 30852, Seattle Wash. 98103-0852. Or call (206) 745-0711.

Pub Date: 12/16/96

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