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Sydney Long was born and raised chasing seagulls and surfing in the blue-green waters of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. After high school she ventured a little further south to attend college in Charleston, South Carolina.
After dipping her feet in various industries and some soul-searching, she realized her zeal to design and create jewelry inspired by an undying love for the sea.
The name Barracuda Moon is inspired by her life lived by the ocean, planned according to the tides, orchestrated by the moon.
She has always been fascinated by the magic of this rhythm and how connected it makes us feel to the sea, no matter the coast.
The barracuda symbolizes the hunt; they are driven seekers, not afraid to roam wild and free.
Read an interview with Sydney Long in our People Section of Island Life NC Magazine here!
Sydney hand-makes all of her jewelry with sea glass and seashells that she finds on the beach of her home island, Ocean Isle Beach, NC and in her new home of Charleston, SC as well as treasures from recent travels.
She uses only natural gemstones, and gold-filled chain, wire, findings, etc. She describes her jewelry as “beachy-bohemian mixed with elegance; jewelry designed to wear with your bikini or your favorite cocktail dress.
Each piece of jewelry is handmade with joy in the designer’s home studio in downtown Charleston, SC. It is created to carry on a story & become part of the wearer’s story through her travels and memories.
The collection features local treasures such as 14kt (3 microns) gold-edged natural sea glass and antique Charleston porcelain found in the earth of historic downtown as well as among Charleston’s neighboring islands. All pieces are made with 14kt gold filled materials and precious and semiprecious natural gemstones. Pieces made with 14k gold are available upon request, and are made-to-order.
This jewelry line is casual-luxury mixed with elegance; jewelry designed to wear with your bikini or your favorite cocktail dress. It is jewelry for every style, especially girls who want to howl at the moon and say “Viva!” How beautiful it is to be alive!
It is a common question to ask at dinner parties or while getting to know someone, “If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?”
In the summer of 2006 after graduating from college Meg’s husband, Jon, who was then her boyfriend, asked her this question. This was a turning point in her life and in the story of “Made By Meg” jewelry, but the story really began long before that moment.
Meg Carter grew up in Connecticut, moved to the Carolina coast for her junior year of college, and now says that she is here to stay.
Meg loves the beach and enjoys looking for sharks’ teeth with her husband Jon. They have an extensive collection. There is not much sea glass to be found in this area, so they use it as an excuse to go on vacations!
If you were to ask someone who knows Meg well what color describes her best, she says it would surely be yellow. Meg tries to surround herself with people and things that keep her smiling. Making jewelry is her full time job and sharing it with the world has become her passion.
Before starting Made By Meg Jewelry in November 2008, Meg graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in Studio Art with a concentration in painting. Unfortunately, jewelry design was not a concentration. However, she also loves painting and painting class is where she met her husband.
Besides jewelry making, Meg has tried most forms of visual art. Ceramics, printmaking and drawing are also big on her list of interests. She has always had a passion for the arts. Her first memory as a child is of painting with her easel.
“I love my life and the people in it. I can’t wait to see what the world has to offer me in the future. You never know what each new day will bring.”
– Meg Carter – Made By Meg Jewelry
A full history of Sunset Beach NC with stories from many of the “old timers” who were eye witnesses to events. Some are funny, some are shocking – all are fascinating. No true Sunset Beach Lover should be without this book!
This book is not a chronicle of everyday town government minutiae. If you seek a record of town council battles and meetings you will have to seek it elsewhere.
Politics cannot be totally avoided in an honest history of the town so the authors have tried to present the opinions of the towns’ in their own words. They are not necessarily the opinions of the authors.
There is little debate that the number one issue that has fueled among town factions for years has been “The Bridge.” As this is being written, the war that raged for decades and has cost the state and federal treasuries millions of dollars is at last over. The court has spoken – a new high-rise bridge will now serve the town.
Over the years, there have been many issues that have caused division between the townsfolk, and almost all the interviewees mentioned being involved in a debate or two.
At the end of the day, after all is said and done…we are all blessed to be here, in this paradise by the sea.
The people in this book have contributed to this endeavor by telling their stories. Without them, this book would not have been written. And so…we give you a journey through the past.
Locals should want a copy of this handy, 144-page, hardcover volume, which follows the format of coffee table edition you might see in banks, doctors’ offices and hotel lobbies. The price is $29.95.
It’s dedicated to Paul Edward Hughes, Sunset Beach’s beloved semi-official Town Historian, who died in 2005.
Separate sections note the “Kindred Spirit” beach mailbox (did you remember it was once orange?), the wreck of the Civil War blockade runner Vesta, the Ingram Planetarium, the Bird Island sanctuary and more. A number of prominent local residents are profiled; you can bet the Gore family gets plenty of space.
(In case you’re a newbie and don’t know who Mannon C. Gore is, flip to page 24, and there’s a photo of him in his World War II Navy uniform. Gore, incidentally, built the first bridge to Sunset Beach, all the way back in 1958.)
In addition to Pope’s gorgeous color artwork, the book has plenty of color nature photos by celebrated area Artist/Photographer Ken Buckner.
About the Authors:
Jacqueline “Jack” DeGroot and her husband Bill, bought property in Sea Trail Plantation in 1992 and began planning their ‘early retirement,’ (if one could consider it retirement with three kids in tow). In 1996 they both retired from their jobs. You can often see Bill and Jack having lunch at local restaurants squabbling over issues for the next book.
DeGroot, who was once one of northern Virginia’s top auto sales managers, bought property at Sea Trail with her husband back in 1992 and settled here permanently in 1996. She’s a prolific author of (often steamy) romance novels and mysteries, including “Secret of the Kindred Spirit” and “Shipwrecked at Sunset.” Earlier, she and Pope collaborated on “Tales of the Silver Coast,” an informal history of Brunswick County with an emphasis on the beaches. Her website is www.jacquelinedegroot.com.
Miller Pope was a partner in a New York ad agency and a freelance illustrator. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators, a prestigious group of talented artists. He and his wife, Helen, bought property at Ocean Isle in 1969. And avid historian, his first book was a history of Brunswick County. He wrote and illustrated fourteen books.
Pope was once one of America’s top magazine illustrators and a partner in a New York advertising agency (a past he chronicled in his delightful little book “Confessions of a Mad Man”). He relocated to Ocean Isle Beach in 1975 and was one of the original partners in Sea Trail Plantation. He had a great love of history especially buccaneers and has wrote about them in such books as “Pirates of the Carolinas” and “Infamous Pirates and Their Incredible Lives.” Check him out at www.millerpope.com.