Lately, I have found hand embroidery to be very relaxing. It only requires a few supplies, it's cheap (wool is from an old scarf, hoop from the resale shop, threads from my mother's stash from when she was young), I can embroider anywhere, it's transportable and it doesn't take a long to complete a project.
I checked out a book by Aimee Ray called "Doodle Stitching" and was inspired to create the above piece. I made it for my friend Karen for her birthday. It's just a little something, but made with a lot of love.