Like alot of other people who craft, I love to dabble in lots of different mediums. While jewelry satisfies my "I want it now" fix, counted cross-stitch comes in at the top of the list as far as crafts that I truly enjoy. There is something about taking an ugly (yes, if using Aida or plain linen, it truly is somewhat ugly to start) piece of fabric and, using simple cotton threads, making it into something that I cherish for my home or want to give as a gift.
Admittedly, I have more patterns, kits, fabric and thread than I can ever use in this lifetime but I still have to "check out" the cross-stitch section of the local craft store or specialty store to see what's new (my husband has long since given up on coming into those stores with me). Since I love the ocean (and just about anything related to it), most of my projects are lighthouse, shell, water related themes. Pictured below is my first attempt at stitching on linen - and using charms for that matter!
I picked up the frame up when I purchased the pattern at this great little needlework shop called Yankee Cross Stitch located in North Hampton, NH. I just couldn't help myself - I loved the weathered driftwood feel of the frame. If you're ever in the area and like to stitch, this is one of the best little stores I've found.
May you enjoy your "other" hobby as much as I do!