Facts About President’s Day

Lest you think President’s Day was created to get you 30% off a flat screen TV or two-for-one Egyptian cotton bath towels, check out some of these fun Presidential facts and smart needlepoint designs.

But, first, in the spirit of America, we would like to wish a very happy 285th birthday to George Washington, our first President and one of the country’s “Founding Fathers.”

Founding Fathers Needlepoint Belt

History buffs, teachers and professors will appreciate this Founding Fathers needlepoint belt, which features images of James Monroe, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington (Happy Birthday, George!), Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, John Jay, and Samuel Adams. These politicians, jurists, soldiers, diplomats, statesmen, and ordinary citizens led the American Revolution and helped create the Declaration of Independence. Without them, we would be…well, British.  With this belt around your waist, you can be inspired to do great things as well.

Now, let’s get to some fun facts about President’s Day:

Fact: George Washington’s Hair Was Not a Wig

Contrary to what most people believe, George Washington’s hair was real; however, his hair color was actually reddish-brown, not white. He powdered his hair to get that white look.

Fact: The U.S. Government Wants You to Have at Least Five 3-Day Weekends Annually

American Flag Needlepoint Flask

President’s Day became an official federal holiday in 1760 and was celebrated on February 22 – George Washington’s birthday. In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act established President’s Day as the third Monday in February, so it would always fall on a Monday. The Act was designed to create more consistent holiday schedules and provide more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.

According to the bill signed by Lyndon B. Johnson, having consistent three-day weekends “will mean a great deal to our families and our children. It will enable families who live some distance apart to spend more time together. Americans will be able to travel farther and see more of this beautiful land of ours. They will be able to participate in a wider range of recreational and cultural activities.” He also cited, “greater industrial and commercial production, sparing business and labor the penalty of midweek shutdowns.”

We hope you’re feeling patriot and can live up to these lofty goals while you enjoy your long weekend. Get your dog in on the action with a custom, American flag needlepoint dog collar.

Custom American Flag Needlepoint Dog Collar

Fact: Only One President Has Founded an Institute of Higher Education

Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819. The Rotunda on the University of Virginia’s campus is seen as a long lasting symbol of Thomas Jefferson’s belief in the separation of education and the church. Jefferson is the only president to found an institution of higher learning….because we’re not counting Trump University. House your Benjamins in this iconic UVA Needlepoint Wallet.

University of Virginia Needlepoint Wallet

Fact: Harvard University Has Graduated the Most U.S. Presidents

John Adams, who was the first president with a college degree, graduated from Harvard, as did his son and future sixth president John Quincy Adams, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Several other presidents attended Harvard for graduate school including Rutherford B. Hayes (law school), Barack Obama (law school), George W. Bush (business school).

Harvard University Campus Needlepoint Belt

Whether you’re a current or future alumni (or want to pretend you are), your Harvard University needlepoint belt can be customized with your initials. If Haaa-vad isn’t your alma mater, Brewster Belt company can design a custom campus belt for any college or university.

Fact: John Adams Liked to Play Hooky

As a young boy, John Adams often skipped school to spend time hunting and fishing.

Hunting Needlepoint Belt

If you’re inspired to pursue your love of hunting or fishing in order to achieve greatness, check out our hunting needlepoint collection and fishing needlepoint collection. 

Fishing Needlepoint Belt

Happy President’s Day! Now, get to the mall before the sales end.

Valentine’s Day: Are you a lover or a hater?

Valentine’s Day stirs up a lot of mixed emotions. Approximately 50% of Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day while the other half either doesn’t celebrate the “Hallmark holiday” or actively engages in anti-Valentine’s Day activities – yes, those are a thing. So, whichever emojis…or emotions you’re feeling this Valentine’s Day, you’re probably not alone.

Feeling mixed emojis….er, emotions about Valentine’s Day?

And, as Poison reminded us: every rose has its thorn….Even people who love to celebrate Valentine’s Day can feel stressed about making plans or anxious about buying the right gift for their loved one. Brewster Belt Company has one-of-a-kind needlepoint belts and accessories for those who want to go beyond ordinary gift-giving such as this custom emoji needlepoint belt.

Last year, Americans spent approximately $20 billion – yes, that’s billion with a “B” – for Valentine’s Day. Perhaps not surprisingly, flowers top the list as the most popular gift purchased by men. With candy and greeting cards not far behind. Thirty to forty percent of both men and women also spend money on an evening out.

According to AMEX, approximately six million couples get engaged on Valentine’s Day. Six. Million. So, if your relationship is on the hot tamale train and you want to make it official, you’re in good company. Fancy a hot sauce needlepoint belt to express your collective hotness….or your love of hot sauce?

Is your relationship on the hot tamale train?

When it comes time to plan the big day, Brewster Belt Company can work with you to create custom needlepoint wedding gifts for the groomsmen, bride and groom. One-of-a-kind needlepoint belts, flasks, key fobs and ring pillows will make your wedding one in a million…or one in six million, as it were.

Some Little-Known Facts About the Super Bowl

And, just like that, another football season is wrapping up. Here are some little known facts about the Super Bowl if you want to drop some knowledge at a Super Bowl party this Sunday, even if you’re only watching for the commercials or the halftime show:

• At-home fans will eat about 1.33 billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday.

• Before 1991, marching bands usually performed Super Bowl halftime shows. The New Kids on the Block was the first pop act.

• The Super Bowl trophy is made by Tiffany & Co. and cost $25,000.

• 72 game balls are used during the Super Bowl (and we don’t want to hear about Deflategate anymore!).

• Gamblers wagered a record $132.5 million on Super Bowl 50.

Thanks to Forbes and USA Today for providing these interesting Super Bowl facts!

So, that brings us to needlepoint….

“Huh? It does? What does needlepoint have to do with football,” you ask.

Absolutely nothing….Well, unless you like to needlepoint while watching football. (Yes, that’s a thing). But, for those of you who aren’t into needlepoint stitching parties, you can still enjoy wearing a hand-stitched needlepoint football belt. It’s the perfect accessory for football fans, even in the off-season.

Brewster Belt Company‘s needlepoint belts are totally customizable. Change the colors to match your favorite football team’s colors or work with our designers to create your own custom football design from scratch. You can also select a silver or brass belt buckle, as well as the the leather color. Brewster also makes custom needlepoint football wallets, flasks, key fobs, dog collars and more. They make great gifts for football fans.

Custom Football Needlepoint Wallet

 

If you’re a betting man, a custom football needlepoint wallet can house your winnings. Customize it with your team’s favorite colors or work with Brewster’s designers to create your own custom football wallet design. Browse all of the sports-themed wallets on the site for ideas, if you need a little inspiration. Add a three-initial monogram to add extra personalization.

Custom Football Needlepoint Flask

 

 

 

For tailgating, a custom needlepoint football flask will show your friends you mean business. They’re totally customizable and make a great gift for football fans, groomsmen, fathers, brothers and anyone who likes to bring a good time along with them. Change the color of the helmet, add graphics, numbers or a monogram for the ultimate personalization.

 

If you want to be able to jump on any bandwagon, show your lack of commitment…uhem…your love for the sport with a good old basic football needlepoint belt.

Custom Needlepoint Football Belt

If you’re a college football fan, you might consider sporting a college campus needlepoint belt featuring your favorite college football team’s stadium and other campus buildings. College campus belts are available for any college!

Custom College Campus Needlepoint Belts

Not much left to say other than: Go, team…and don’t get buffalo sauce on the couch.