Is the speckle effect from the yarn or did you do something fancy? Either way, would you mind divulging what you did? My sister is pregnant and wants a "strawberry" hat, so your modification would be perfect.
I found the pailettes at Pearl Arts and Crafts. They already had the big holes in them, but to get the colors I wanted I had to buy 6 packages of the "assorted colors" version and sort through them. The fringe benefit of that is that I've got enough pailettes for at least 3 more hats. Pink and orange are in the works.