I love making hexies; they make a wonderful take along project that doesn't require a lot of preparation. They are go along with television watching - not too complicated. You can feel virtuous at having accomplished something while watching "Dancing with the Stars" or whatever your vice is as regards television.
I print my own paper pieces from lightweight card stock. There are good online sources if you need a large amount of pieces. Paperpieces.com has a very good selection, good customer service, and reasonable prices. English paper piecing does not restrict you to hexies, however. Another project in my work basket involves six-pointed stars. More on that soon.