I remember that when I was in the Lake District, there were a lot of very pepperminty candies available, including something that was basically a peppermint & sugar candy bar-type thing. But I don't remember seeing Altoids specifically.
Those are incredibly cute! I wish I had a machine that did embroidery - I might never leave home, though. My one concern would be with using beads on clothing for babies - I guess if they're that little, they probably lack the manual dexterity required to pull the beads off.
I'd get the Readers Digest Complete Guide To Sewing or something similar and learn about the different ways of finishing seams - there are several ways of finishing seams that don't involve a serger but leave you with a clean seam on the inside that won't unravel. I have another book at home that's really good, but I can't remember what it's called and I'm not finding it on Amazon right now.
Hotlinking bad. Using other people's images for avatars is...questionable. It does lead to some amusing things, though. A very good friend of mine did a parody on the Apple "think different" commercials. Somebody created an animated avatar from the movie file (which was online for a while at the website of a sketch comedy troupe he performs with), and so I frequently run across avatars of my friend running around...I think I've even seen it on Craftster. These people don't know him and don't even know what the avatar comes from, they just think it's funny (he's basically running around flailing his arms in the air), but I get the joy of seeing my friend being silly on a regular basis, when I rarely get to see him in real life.
I get those on my Yahoo account pretty regularly - the best thing to do is to forward anything like that to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will send you an e-mail back to let you know if the message was legitimate or not (generally, they are not).