2017 Solar Eclipse: Commemorate the Occasion

On Monday, August 21, 2017 Americans in 14 states from, Oregon to South Carolina, will experience a total eclipse of the sun. The moon will completely cover the sun as as it makes its way around the Earth that day (at least from our perspective). Each location along the “path of totality” will be able to see the total solar eclipse for approximately two minutes and forty seconds. Those outside of the path will see a partial eclipse. The further away you are from the path of totality, the smaller the percentage of the sun that will be covered. Of course, if you turn on your TV, you will be able to watch the eclipse live from several locations across the United States and you won’t even need protective glasses.

Solar System Planet Needlepoint Belt Eclipse
Personalize this solar system belt with your initials or “2017” to commemorate this year’s solar eclipse.

The continental United States has not witnessed a total solar eclipse in 38 years, so many people will be seeing the first solar eclipse of their lifetime, which is why there is so much excitement around the event. If you’re a solar system or space buff, check out Brewster Belt Company’s Solar System Needlepoint Belt featuring the planets and….If you look closely, you can see the solar eclipse on the belt. For an added touch, this belt can be personalized with initials or the year “2017” (to commemorate the eclipse).

Oregon Flag 2017 Eclipse Path of Totality
Commemorate the 2017 Total Eclipse in Oregon with an Oregon Flag Needlepoint Dog Collar – Personalize it with the year “2017”

Whether you live in Oregon or are traveling there to be among the first Americans to view the total solar eclipse, commemorate the event with an Oregon Flag Needlepoint Belt or an Oregon Flag Needlepoint Dog Collar for your furry friends. To mark the occasion, add a “2017” monogram to the belt or dog collar.

2017 Eclipse Maine Flag Needlepoint Belt
Add the year “2017” to commemorate the last location of the Great American Eclipse – U.S. Maine Flag Needlepoint Belt

The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse path of totality in the U.S. will end in the state of South Carolina. And, in case you were wondering, Brewster Belt Company also has a belt for that….and a wallet…and a dog collar. Check out all of the South Carolina needlepoint accessories here.

South Carolina Wallet
South Carolina is the last U.S. state in the 2017 eclipse path of totality

The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

If you’re disappointed that you’re not in the path of totality for the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse, there is another solar eclipse coming to North America in 2024. The path of totality for the eclipse in 2024 will stretch from Texas to Maine.

If you’re looking forward to the 2024 Total Eclipse, the path of totality in the U.S. will kick off in the Great State of Texas. Get ready for the big day with a Texas Flag Needlepoint Belt or a Texas State Needlepoint Belt or a Texas Dog Collar.

2017 Eclipse Maine Flag Needlepoint Belt
Add the year “2024” to commemorate the last location of the 2024 U.S. Eclipse – Maine Flag Needlepoint Belt

In 2024, those in Maine will be the last to see the total solar eclipse as it completes its path across the United States. For lucky Maine residents and visitors anticipating their path of totality viewing opportunity or wanting to express their love for the State of Maine, check out Brewster Belt Company’s Maine Flag Needlepoint Belt or this American Flag Maine State Needlepoint Belt, which can be personalized with the year “2024.”

Enjoy the total solar eclipse and don’t forget to use your viewing glasses!

2017 Solar Eclipse Planet Needlepoint Belt

 

 

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4th of July Accessories You Can Wear All Summer Long

When the 4th of July rolls around, it finally feels like summer and yet it also feels like summer is halfway over. From festive BBQs to booming fireworks, the 4th of July is a holiday that Americans love to celebrate. It’s also a holiday that Americans love to dress up for: American flags, stars, stripes and red, white and blue dominate 4th of July attire. Generally, 4th of July attire only sees the light of day once a year, but Brewster Belt Company has American-themed needlepoint accessories such a belts, wallets and flasks that you can use for 4th of July and all summer long. And, don’t let your four-legged friends miss out on all the fun; Brewster has custom, needlepoint dog collars that dogs and humans are sure to love such as the American Flag dog collar below, which can be customized with a name, owner’s phone number and more.

Fourth of July American Flag Needlepoint Dog Collar
Custom Needlepoint American Flag Dog Collar

From sea to shining sea, Brewster offers hand-stitched needlepoint belts with an American flag design worked into the shape of an island or state, such the Nantucket Island American Flag Needlepoint Belt below, a classic look that works for 4th of July and all summer long.

Nantucket Needlepoint Belt with American Flag
Nantucket Island American Flag Needlepoint Belt

American flag designs are available for any state or island and all belts and dog collars can be customized with a monogram. Thread colors, buckle metal color and leather accent color can also be modified to fit your preferences. Below is a State of Virginia American Flag Needlepoint Belt on a grey background.

Virginia State American Flag Needlepoint Belt
Virginia State American Flag Needlepoint Belt

Your Benjamins also deserve a comfy and stylish place to lay their heads, so check out the American Flag Needlepoint Wallet below. Stash your cash, cards and ID in style with this flexible, hand-stitched needlepoint wallet with leather accents. Like everything Brewster Belt Company makes, it’s made-to-order and customizable.

American Flag Needlepoint Wallet
American Flag Needlepoint Wallet

For those who are feeling particularly patriotic, Brewster’s Fourth of July American Flag Needlepoint Belt makes a bold statement. Featuring flags, stars, stripes, plaid and a red/white/blue motif, this 4th of July needlepoint belt design has it all.

Fourth of July American Flag Needlepoint Belt
Fourth of July American Flag Needlepoint Belt

Brewster Belt Company wishes you a fun and safe 4th of July holiday weekend. It’s never too early to order gifts for your friends, family or even yourself. Browse hundreds of designs at www.brewsterbelt.com or create your own custom design by contacting the designers at Brewster Belt who will help you make your design idea come to life.

4th of July American Flag Needlepoint Belt and Needlepoint Flask

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Remembering the True Meaning of Memorial Day

Often “celebrated” as the holiday that kicks off the beginning of summer, Memorial Day has a much more meaningful origin. It was established as a somber day of remembrance for those who died in service to the United States. Originally called “Decoration Day,” the holiday was borne out of the Civil War; however, it was intended to recognize the sacrifice of all Americans who died serving the United States, regardless of the particular battle.

American Eagle Needlepoint Wallet

To help re-educate and remind Americans about the true meaning of Memorial Day, in 2000, the government passed the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution. It asks that at 3pm local time, all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”

American Flag Needlepoint Dog Collar
Custom American Flag Needlepoint Dog Collar

Traditional protocols for observing Memorial Day include raising the U.S. flag briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowering it to half-staff, where it remains until noon. At noon, it is raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position is in remembrance of the more than one million men and women who have given their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Other traditional observances include wearing red poppies, visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of the fallen heroes and visiting memorials.

This Memorial Day weekend, as we spend time with family and friends, let’s take some time to thank and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom.

 

Memorial Day American Flag Needlepoint Belt

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.

The Presidential Inauguration

On this 20th day of 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. It was a divisive election and some Americans are hopeful that he will make American great, whether you’re feeling like this….

…or like this…

…Brewster Belt Company has the perfect custom needlepoint accessories to help you express yourself.

For those of you feeling patriotic, we suggest an American Flag Needlepoint Wallet to safely house the fruits of our future prosperity.  If you’re still trying to process the outcome of the election, you can drown your sorrows in style with this WTF Needlepoint Flask.

And, if your dog wants in on the action, an American Flag Needlepoint Dog Collar will do just the trick.

American Flag Custom Needlepoint Dog Collar

All Brewster Belt Company needlepoint accessories are hand-stitched and fully customizable. So, check out our offering and create your own statement.

 

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