Part I: 17 Things to Look Forward to in ’17…and the Needlepoint Belts to Match

Happy Holidays! We hope you enjoy time with friends and family during the holidays and we wish you a wonderful 2017. Looking ahead to the new year, this is part one of a two-part post about 2017 happenings with needlepoint belt and accessory pairings….because Brewster Belt Company wants you to look great while you enjoy 2017 (…and show off our endless custom design possibilities).

And now, 17 things to look forward to in 2017 (drum roll, please)….

1. The Second Avenue Subway
New Yorkers are looking forward to the opening of the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway on January 1, 2017. Considering that the project has been planned for almost a century, we’re guessing no one is betting on it. But if you’re a betting man, we’ve got a belt for you.

2. The Presidential Inauguration
Ok, maybe you’re not looking forward to it, but after an eventful campaign season and election, on January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.  Our designers have created a lot of amazing American and State Flag Needlepoint Belts.

3. The Super Bowl
Superbowl LI (that’s 51 for those of you who have forgotten your Roman numerals) will take place on February 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. With a few weeks still remaining in the regular season, we have an idea who the contenders will likely be, but anything can happen…. Get a custom needlepoint football belt to support your favorite team or show your non-partisan love for the sport with our featured needlepoint football belt.

4. NFL Draft
On a related note, we raise our glasses to the Cleveland Brown fans who stood by their team this challenging year. May we suggest a needlepoint football flask to help get you through the next few games? At least you’ll probably get the first draft pick….

5. State of Nebraska Sesquicentennial
The great state of Nebraska will celebrate 150 years of statehood on March 1, 2017. Planning for its sesquicentennial celebration has been in the works since 2012, so the state should be well-prepared to celebrate like it’s 1867. Get into the spirit with a Nebraska state flag needlepoint belt.

6. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
On April 7, 2017, six new artists in the “Performer” category will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The inductees are: Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes. And rock on with a rock and roll needlepoint belt!

7. Vacation (or Staycation)
Whether you’re planning a vacation or a staycation in 2017, we hope you fit in some R&R. Either way, you can dress the part with a vacation-themed, custom needlepoint belt. Love SCUBA? There’s a belt for that. Heading to Florida? May we suggest a flamingo needlepoint belt? Or, turn up the heat in your living room and host a beach party with tropical cocktails and a cocktail needlepoint belt to match. Mele kalikimaka.

8. Kentucky Derby
The Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017. But it’s a long road to the Kentucky Derby and qualifying races are already taking place from now through April. If you’re planning to host or attend a Derby Party, it’s never too early to order yourself a festive horse racing belt, so you can sip your mint julep in style.

9. Summer
Much of the U.S. has been experiencing record low temps, but the days are about to start getting longer and we’re about half way to summer. Hang in there and check out our fun summer-themed needlepoint belts. Whether you summer on Nantucket or in your backyard, love fly fishing or paddling, there’s a belt for you.

Happy holidays from the folks at Brewster Belt Company and stay tuned for the next post, which will include the remaining things to look forward to in ’17…and the belts to match.

LSU Sports Fans: Wake Up with a Citrus Bowl Punch!

All you LSU football fans out there can start your New Year’s Eve off right watching your beloved Tigers battle the Cardinals. If you haven’t heard yet, LSU will play Louisville in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida on December 31st. It will be Ed Orgeron’s first bowl game as a head coach and should be an exciting game.

And, if you’re an LSU sports fan and have not seen Brewster Belt Company’s LSU Sports needlepoint belt, you’re in for a treat (details below).

Since the game kicks off at 10am CT and it is the Citrus Bowl, after all, may we propose a morning cocktail with citrus…in a bowl…? Mimosas are always a simple and delicious option, but if you’re looking for a drink that’s a little more Louisiana and serves a group, Citrus Bowl Punch fits the bill!

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Photo Courtesy of Food52

Citrus Bowl Punch
Makes 15 servings
Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Whiskey Sour recipe.

  • 3 cups bourbon
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 2 ¼ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • Sliced citrus fruits and mint or basil leaves (optional)
  • Ice

In a large bowl, stir together first four ingredients until sugar is dissolved. If desired, add slices of citrus fruit and mint or basil leaves to the bowl as a garnish. Add ice to the glasses (not the bowl) to prevent watering down the punch and ladle the punch into glasses.

Cheers and go LSU Tigers! Also…

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LSU Campus Needlepoint Belt by Brewster Belt Company

As mentioned above, here is Brewster Belt’s LSU Needlepoint Belt, which features the Tiger mascot enclosure, Alex Box Baseball Stadium, Pete Maravich Basketball Center, Tiger Football Stadium, Student Union and Memorial Tower.

 Brewster Belt wishes Louisiana the best of luck and if you need any classy LSU Tigers gear to show your support for your team, Brewster Belt has got you covered with custom, hand-stitched collegiate designs featuring LSU and other colleges with college campus needlepoint belts, wallets, key fobs, pillows and dog collars.

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LSU College Campus Needlepoint Belt

 

Duck Hunters And Conservation

If you’re one of the 2.6 million duck or other migratory bird hunters in the U.S., Brewster Belt Company would like to extend an offer to you. From now through the end of 2016, Brewster Belt will donate 25% of the purchase price of any custom needlepoint belts, flasks, wallets and dog collars with a hunting design to Ducks Unlimited. Simply request the “hunting donation” when you place your order.

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Brewster Belt will donate 25 percent of purchase price to Ducks Unlimited conservation efforts.

It might sound counterintuitive, but many duck hunters are also conservationists and have directly or indirectly contributed to protecting and preserving natural resources and wildlife habitats. Duck hunting and other bird hunting has been regulated in North America for 100 years. In fact, 2016 marked the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty, an internationally recognized commitment to protect and conserve migratory birds.

In the U.S., migratory bird hunters contribute to conservation efforts when they purchase Federal Duck Stamps, which serve as both a hunting license and conservation tool.

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Brewster Belt also offers custom hunting dog collars for your favorite canine friend.

Since 1934, more than $850 million has been raised through the sale of Duck Stamps and the funds have been used to help acquire and protect more than 6.5 million acres of land.

In addition, one of the nation’s largest conservation organizations, Ducks Unlimited, got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Since then, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres of wetlands and other wildlife habitats.

Show your support for these conservation efforts and your passion for duck and bird hunting with a custom hunting needlepoint belt, dog collar, flask or wallet. All items can be customized with any design, colors, images and monograms.

Mention the “hunting donation” and 25% of your purchase price will be donated to Ducks Unlimited.

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One-of-a-Kind Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything

Finding unique gifts for those difficult-to- buy-for friends and family members can be challenging and time-consuming. So, before you find yourself flipping through piles of catalogs, fighting crowds at the mall or Googling until you reach the end of the Internet, check out the custom needlepoint belts, dog collars, wallets, pillows, flasks and more at Brewster Belt Company.

Custom Needlepoint Gifts

All Brewster Belt products are hand-stitched and made from top-quality materials. The design team can create virtually any design you can imagine (and even those you can’t). They can also help with design inspiration if you’re suffering from a creative block. Once you settle on a design, within 3 to 5 days you will receive a preview of exactly how your product will look. The team will also work with you to revise the design until you are 100% happy.

Since all of Brewster Belt’s needlepoint belts and accessories are stitched by hand (not by machine), many, many hours of work go into each product, which is why there is a 7 to 12 week lead time.

Whoa! Wha!?!? Hold up!

We knew you were too clever to let that blow right past you, so allow us to explain…. Although your custom item will not be ready to wrap for the holidays, Brewster Belt DOES provide you with a nifty preview card (shown below) that can be given to the gift recipient. The card has a picture of the exact custom product that is “in the works”.

Custom Gift Preview Card
Custom Gift Preview Card

The gift preview card can be printed out and put into a holiday card with a note saying that their custom needlepoint item is being stitched and will be ready in a few weeks. Then, in the depth of winter, after the last Christmas cookie has been eaten and the final Hannukah candle has been extinguished, your friend/dad/aunt/brother/dog/boyfriend will receive…(ta da!) a package containing their custom needlepoint gift and it will be like Christmas all over again.

So, let’s summarize. You need a unique holiday gift. Brewster Belt Company can help. They will help you design the perfect custom needlepoint gift for [insert name of worthy gift recipient here]. You will receive a preview card to wrap up and give. Your gift will be carefully hand-stitched and mailed out not long after the holidays. The gift recipient will be thrilled and all will be well with the world.

Please note Brewster Belt can provide gift preview cards until December 19th. After that, you’re on your own or you can purchase a gift certificate, so there is hope for you last-minute shoppers. They also offer a returning customer discount, so there’s that as well.

Below are some new belts they just finished stitching if you need some inspiration:

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Brewster Beer Company

No, we’re not starting a beer company.  But, my wife and I did brew a batch of Brewster Beer recently! (a late father’s day gift).

In order to make it official, you’ll be seeing our Pale Ale in pictures to come, but I just had to post a teaser because we capped them today!

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Brewster Belt Company Beer

Thanks to CoBrew and GrogTag for making it fun and easy!  If you live in Denver and like beer, you should check out CoBrew!  GrogTag makes the labels and caps, super easy…

Custom Beer Caps and Custom Brewed Beer go perfectly with a Brewster Custom Needlepoint Belt!

Buy More Save More – Brewster Belt Company Needlepoint Discounts

You’ve see our homepage add and would like to know how to get a discount on your first order!

First of all welcome to the Brewster Belt Company blog!  This is where we write about what we’re working on, and this is my first blog post for our new brand (you can read about our needlepoint and company history here).

Onto the discount!  Basically, we only offer discounts to existing customers.  Our motto is that Happy Customers = Repeat Customers and are more likely refer their friends.  As such, we’ve always offered a discount to our “best” customers.

This is a 10% discount, which can add up to real savings.

If this is your first time shopping with the Brewster Belt Company, and you are going to order 2 -4 belts, I highly suggest creating an account and ordering just one belt first.  Then, after that order has been placed, you can order the next items with your returning customer discount!  Pretty easy.

If you have trouble, you can always call us, our toll free number is at the bottom of our website.

Now for a little eye candy, some fun custom needlepoint belts we finished recently…

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Custom Needlepoint Belts