I'm not a huge fan of plastic buttons (unless they are a vintage style), so I try to find something appealing in wood or metal. Most of the time I just pick the best of what I can find, but it is never really what I want. So much time wasted standing in front of the wall of buttons with a disgruntled look on my face.
A couple weeks ago, I decided it was time to expand my pretty button stash and order buttons online. I've purchased buttons from Textile Garden before, and absolutely loved them. Wood, metal, bone, shell... the list goes on, and not much plastic is to be found.
Textile Garden also carries shawl pins (I own a beautiful silver one!), lace and ribbons. After creating too many button bands that gape open, I'm starting to reinforce the backs of the bands with ribbon to prevent the unsightly rippling. Along with the buttons I ordered two grosgrain ribbons, a red corduroy ribbon, and a delicate lace.