I enjoy hand needlework/knitting/crocheting etc. and prefer it from sewing from a machine. I do have a sewing machine and it has been used a great deal. However, since I don't have a sewing room/table where I can leave the machine out, it doesn't get used as often unless I have a specific larger project I am working on. Getting out the machine from the basement, setting it up, sometimes is just not worth the effort for small projects.
Therefore, I much prefer hand work, where I can work on my creative projects and still be with the family in the evenings. I can also take my projects with me wherever I go and work on them, ie waiting in the doctors office, on trips or whenever I have a few extra minutes.
These two pieces were cross stitched while my babies napped many years ago. They are "counted cross-stitched" - my first projects without the pattern stamped on the cloth. I much prefer now to do the counted cross stitch as it gives a much nicer finished piece.