For a newbie to beaded embroidery like me, this tutorial by Pimp Stitch is a real help. I used to sew the beads one by one and had no idea that you can string 4-6 beads at a time! Try adding beads to your work. It really makes a difference especially if you use the glass type.
This is a hairclip I made a few days ago and I added pink glass beads around the flower center. They do make it look extra special.