Hi! Welcome to my website!
I see my flowers as another way of expressing my love for nature. I am a Marine Biologist, my studies have focused on the societal side of nature. Thus, bringing nature and people together. I love bringing nature inside all year round with my bead flowers!
I'm Ellen Duister. I live in Gouda in the Netherlands, and making beaded flowers is a hobby of mine.
I started making bead flowers as a hobby, and expanded this hobby when I started giving them out as birthday or other event gifts to my friends and family. They were liked so much that many people told me I should start selling them, and I agreed!
This website is the result of me starting the shop at the 4th of January 2012! Since that day, I have designed several flowers myself to full satisfaction of my customers. Exactly a year later, at the 4th of January 2013 I officially registered Ellen's Bead Flowers as a small business in the Trade Register (Kamer van Koophandel Utrecht) under the registry number 56865090.
Because I basically have 2 jobs, I cannot spend full days making bead flowers. My vision, my goal with this shop is not to sell as much bead flowers as possible. No, I am selling these flowers because I love making them, and I love the happiness I can give to people by giving them the opportunity to own lasting flowers.
If you want to contact me regarding anything: Use the contact form below or email me at ellensbeadflowers[at]gmail.com .
Beside this website, I have a Page on Facebook where I post all kinds of news about my flowers and updates on the website. So if you're looking for a place to stay up-to-date, follow the Facebook Page!
These updates on Facebook are directly pushed to Twitter; Ellensbeadflowers on Twitter is here.
Of course I also have an email newsletter; you can sign up for my newsletter via this link: http://eepurl.com/bsm-4b
And I also have a webshop on DaWanda where you can find several items.
If you want to see and touch my work, I am visiting craft fairs in the Netherlands.
Last but not least, ordered flowers can be picked up at my home with an appointment, and also you can make an appointment to come by to check out the available colors and discuss an order with me.
This website is dedicated to my beaded products. I make mostly flowers, though I sometimes have other beaded items too. Look in the web store and photo gallery for my collection, and order one or more for yourself or as a gift!
I make these flowers partly from patterns in booklets, partly from self-designed patterns. I also regularly adapt patterns in booklets to suit my or a customer's wishes (for instance, adding an extra color to the edge)
Every item is hand-made and therefore unique. I can make reproductions of any item as long as I have the beads to do so, but there will always be small differences. The average flower (say, a small rose or freesia) takes me around 4 hours to make. Larger flowers of course take longer, smaller ones less time. Most of the flowers are inspired by the beautiful color schemes found in nature, but if you would like a flower in your favorite color or in the colors of your logo or anything I'm happy to help! I love trying out new things!
I maintain a high quality standard for all items in my shop, be it ready-made or custom order. I only have one simple rule: Every flower needs to be top of the line quality. If I am trying out a new pattern or variety and I'm not satisfied with it, I will adjust it as long as I need until I'm happy with it. Otherwise it simply won't be sold. I will take it apart and tweak it until it's truly ready.