I make my own, though i notice that as long as I'm eating well and don't have PMS, my odor is not bad or strong, so I actually rarely use it at this point. It's of course not an antiperspirant. http://blvddesigns.wallypop.net/?p=157 I use Amy's recipe from Angry Chicken blog.
My hair is the OPPOSITE of yours, but a (former good) friend has your same type of hair. (It's not that she's no longer a friend, just we kind of lost touch.) Neither of us use shampoo. I use baking soda (damp, scented with EO just for fun, and in the shower, as a scalp scrub) with an apple cider vinegar rinse (diluted and, again, scented), as does she. The key to making this work is to brush your hair with a natural bristle brush every day, and brush it well. You're distributing the oils from your scalp down to the rest of your hair.
She (and another friend with dreads) would also sometimes dust her hair with dry baking soda (not in the shower, and on dry hair) and then brush it out or give a quick rinse with the vinegar. The baking soda helps sop up extra oils.
And, yes, you could probably also get away with using the "stitch in the same place up and down several times" function, as well. That's technically what it's there for. If your machine has an autocut function, you can really get away with just the one backstitch and then autocut - the autocut will do a sort-of tie-off (or at least that's how it's worked in the machines I've used) that help prevent unraveling.
That's funny, I was just hopping on to say that I've also in the past just written down the CC number for smaller purchases to run them at home if people are nervous. It's a small risk, but I've not had a problem yet. I make sure to get a phone number in case there's a problem.
Obviously, less of a concern if it's people you know.
Glad it worked well for you, even if not completely needed.
re: phoning it in. Honestly, I haven't had a problem with it, but I live in Iowa and we tend to be a trusting bunch. I tell people what I'm doing, that I can accept a credit card but the only way I have to do it away from my office is to call it in on my cell phone. I've had a few people balk at the cell phone part (which is the part that bothers me most) but nobody with a problem with using the phone per se.
I really like Propay. I've found them to be cheaper than all of the alternatives I checked into, and very easy to use. I have enough volume to have their Premium account, but not so much volume that doing the manual entry of each cc transaction is a huge issue.
The phone processing isn't difficult. It takes a minute or so. I've not had a problem with people wanting attention and then leaving because I'm phoning in a CC, but the shows I do aren't that crowded, either. (lots of browsers, not many buyers.) You can also, once you've done it a few times, pretty easily take care of basic customer service things while completing the phone transaction. I've been able to list the basic features of an item people were looking at, or mention that I have more colors/designs available if they don't see something they like, or even just eye contact and a "hello!"
I honestly would only ever use rings from slingrings.com There have been SO many problems with people using rings manufactured for other purposes pulling apart or slipping through. It's not that there aren't other (very heavy and metal) rings that will work, but the problem is that many people don't know what's good and bad when shopping for rings for a ring sling. The rings from slingrings are a bit more expensive, but I think a few bucks are worth the safety factor, particularly when talking about a baby.
Just my two cents, as someone who has absolutely nothing to gain from you buying rings from slingrings.
Joann currently has a large-ish section (like 15-20 bolts) at our largeish but not a superstore location. Sometimes you can find it at Walmart, though it's been a few years since I've seen it there.
Most people who I know who make/sell children's sleepwear call it "loungewear" as suggested above. I know many, many people who won't buy the federally-approved stuff because those chemicals aren't doing our kids any favors, either. (But most of those people also have kids who sleep in the same room with the parents, so they're not super worried about their children burning in a fire, either.)
One email from a customer asking if I had any idea how her wool diaper cover got a two-inch cut on one side and I started being REALLY careful about where I tossed the scissors while I was working.
I'm actually going to remodel the office this fall and I'll be making one corner into an activity corner for my kid. He'll have a small set of shelves with small boxes with different acivities in them, and then a craft table as well as his easel. Spoiled, that one is.