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Lydia Singleton | University of Sunderland

Glass and Ceramics BA (Hons)

Student Profile:

  • Name: Lydia Singleton
  • Age: 18
  • Studying: Glass and Ceramics (Hons)
  • Hometown: Wisconsin, USA
  • Ambitions: "To become an internationally-recognised artist."

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August 1st, 2013

Last Blog Post + Some Advice for Freshers!

Wow, I can’t believe this is actually the last time I’m going to be blogging for the uni! :[ It’s crazy how fast this year’s gone. I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to blog for Lives Online and I really hope that you’ve all enjoyed my posts. I’ve gotten so used to updating the blog and the Facebook page with everything I do, I won’t know what to do with myself next year! D:

As far as advice goes for all you new incoming freshers, all I’ve really got to say is the generic “get involved” type things. But it’s true! During freshers week especially. The university puts on loads of amazing events during the first week, and even if you’re not the partying type, go to everything! It’s the BEST way to meet new people and I know that I’m still really good friends with a lot of people I met during the first week–in fact, I’m even going to be living with one of them this year! Make the most of freshers. :] Also, get involved with university clubs and societies. I didn’t do too much this past year, but I was a member of the equestrian club and cityspace gym, and this next year I plan on trying to join a few more things. :]

Anyway, I want to wish the next group of Lives Online bloggers the best of luck. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have. :]

July 31st, 2013

Coconut Cupcakes for my Sister’s Birthday

My sister Sophia celebrated her 12th birthday last week, so of course I was in charge of making the cake! I decided on cupcakes, and I thought I’d share this recipe with you as they turned out delicious. :]


















White Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Frosting

makes 12 cupcakes

The Cupcakes:

  • 1/2c butter
  • 1/2c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1c whole wheat flour
  • 1/2c white flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4c Almond Breeze almond coconut milk

The Frosting

  • 8oz Neufchatel cream cheese
  • 1/2c powdered sugar
  • about 1/4c lite coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2c unsweetened coconut flakes



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and line a muffin tray with baking cups.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, and blend in with butter mixture. Beat in vanilla extract with last egg. Combine flour and baking powder, and add to butter mixture, mixing well. Stir in milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into muffin tins.
  3. Bake cupcakes for 20-25 minutes.
  4. For the frosting: whip cream cheese until it’s fluffy, then slowly mix in the sugar, vanilla extract, coconut milk (use enough to get the correct frosting consistency), and coconut flakes. Then frost cupcakes when they’re cool.




























July 25th, 2013

Vlog About First Year and My Plans For Next Year


July 14th, 2013

A Look Inside My Sketchbook

I’ve actually been in the mood to draw lately! Here’s some of what I’ve been doing in my sketchbook:














































































































































































You might recognise Effy and Pandora from Skins and Clara Oswin Oswald and Amy Pond from Doctor Who. :] All of these (except for the first two sketches) were done using a combination of watercolour and ink. Hope you like them!

July 1st, 2013

My Plans for the Summer

  • Get a job (I’ve got one at Pizza Hut!) and make/save lots of money. :]
  • Fill an entire sketchbook.
  • Finish a painting of the Cheshire Cat that I started years ago.
  • See Hollywood Undead at Summerfest.
  • Go to the beach a lot!
  • Visit friends in Chicago.
  • Visit friends in Milwaukee.
  • Go to Six Flags.
  • Go to the Wisconsin Dells.


June 28th, 2013

Back Home in Wisconsin!

I’ve been home for a couple weeks now and it was definitely strange at first, seeing as I haven’t been home since last September. Here’s some of what I’ve been up to since coming home:


















Well, the flight and everything went fine. I got the train down to London from Sunderland and then the tube from King’s Cross to Heathrow. It was all really easy, the hardest part was definitely all the packing I had been doing.


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LOOK AT ALL THE THINGS I HAD TO BRING HOME. I’m surprised airport security didn’t say anything, my bag was absolutely stuffed with glass bottles. =P


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Allow me to introduce you to my puppy, Tessie. I think I missed having her around most! :[


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So in the first week that I got back, I think I applied to about 20482083 jobs. (Just kidding, it was more like 20, but still) But anyway, it paid off, as I’m now working at Pizza Hut for the summer! Yay! =D Also, can you believe that everyone here now thinks I have an English accent?!?!?! What?!?!?!


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Besides that, I haven’t been doing too much. Just going on some runs, playing Scrabble and card games with my mom and sister (yes, I absolutely LOVE Scrabble haha), finally getting a tan, and doing stuff around the house. Can you believe I actually MISSED mowing the lawn? It’s true. =P


It’s good to be home though. :] And I know that when September rolls around, I’ll be buzzing to get back!

May 31st, 2013

Jumping Lesson at Penshaw Equestrian Centre

Here’s a link to the video I put together of the advanced jumping lesson. It’s from a while ago and no, it’s not me riding but it’s still pretty cool! :]

May 30th, 2013

My Favourite Places in Sunderland

So before I go home, I thought I’d make a post about the places in Sunderland that I like best and that I think everyone should go to. :] It’s a mix of clubs, bars, shops, etc:


1. Cityspace

Well obviously I love the gym. And although it may be small and sometimes very crowded, the membership is crazy cheap and the equipment is all pretty high tech. :] I’ll definitely be joining again next year.


passion2. Passion Nightclub

Pretty sure all the best nights out have ended up in Passion. It’s really the place to be on Monday nights (uhm, can anyone say 50p drinks? Unbeatable), but it’s also pretty good on Thursdays (Rock Night!) and, I would imagine, other nights as well.


unionn3. Union

So I guess this is the….second place to be on a Monday? Haha. Not as cheap as Passion but I’ve had so many great nights here. :] Plus even some fun nights at work involving foam fights and water guns. ;]


revs4. Revolution

COCKTAILS COCKTAILS COCKTAILS! Basically the best part of Revs, although their food is amazing too. Plus if you’re in a club or society you get 50% off! =D My favourite cocktail is Absolute Passion–everyone needs to try this because it’s absolutely amazing.


gatsby5. Gatsby

The best place to go before heading to Passion/Union in my opinion. Trebles for 2 quid and I always end up running into everyone I know when I go here.


hnb6. Holland & Barrett

Admittedly, I rarely buy anything from here because it’s quite expensive but if I could….I WOULD PROBABLY BUY EVERYTHING. I mean come on. THEY SELL OATS CALLED BENCH PRESSED OATS. HOW COOL IS THAT. I WILL try them someday haha. Also they’re got literally every health food/supplement EVER. I walk around this place like a kid in a candy store, not even kidding. =P


sambuca7. Sambuca’s

Well….you can see that pizza….need I say more? No but really, I took my dad and sister to Sambuca’s when they were over and it was so delicious and so incredibly cheap that my dad was wondering why we hadn’t eaten there every night. Uhm, I wish we had! I don’t think a lot of people know about it because it’s sort of hidden away along the river, but it’s a 5 minute walk from Panns Bank and probably my favourite place to eat out.


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8. The National Glass Centre

Well this is where I spend a lot of my time, considering all of my classes are held here. It’s a cool place. If you go to see it, you’ve gotta walk on the roof and you should also stay for a glass-blowing demo. :]



9. Primark

CAN I JUST OWN EVERYTHING IN THIS STORE PLEASE. I actually can’t think of any stores that we have in America that are this reasonably priced for such nice clothes. I’ll miss it when I go home!



10. The Beach

A perk of living in Sunderland. I haven’t been to the beach as much as I would’ve liked to this past year due to being busy/cold weather, but I do love going over to Roker and it’s a great place for a run. :]

May 25th, 2013

A Few Updates From the Past Weeks

Hey guys! I know I haven’t made a blog in forever. I’ve been really busy and honestly blogging has been the last thing on my mind, but now that I’m almost done with my first year of uni I should have more time for it. :] But here’s some of the things I’ve been up to the past couple weeks:

  • End of uni party! Kind of unfortunately for me, a lot of the friends I made this year are third years, so the other week they had a party to celebrate handing in their dissertations. I can’t believe this year is almost over already, I feel like my third year’s gonna be here before I know it! D:

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  • Lots of glazing! Final ceramics and architectural glass projects are in for this week so last week I was doing loads of glazing.




















































  • Protein powder! YAYY my orders finally came! Vanilla and chocolate mint, I can’t wait to try them out. Also can’t wait to actually have time to go to the gym and go running with my friend Ay again.



















  • Work work work work. Aka, what has basically been taking up ALL of my time and completely messing up my sleeping schedule. (Sleeping during the night? People do that?!) I’ve definitely worked more nights this month than I’ve had off! And since this weekend is bank holiday I’m working Friday, Saturday and Sunday, yayyy. Monday I worked the foam party at Union which was actually a lot of fun since I basically spent the whole night running around and having water gun and foam fights. =D Who says work can’t be fun?!

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(Yes, it’s usually brighter out when I walk home from work than when I walk to work)


  • In other news….I’ve also been to see Iron Man 3 (completely recommend it, so good!), I go home in exactly 17 days (yayyayyay!), aaaand….I’ll have a video update for you soon. :]

April 29th, 2013


The 10th of April was a strange day because for once in my life I saw both the sunrise AND the sunset! That’s because we had to be up at like 5 in the morning to catch the metro to Newcastle and then the train to Edinburgh, where we spent the day walking around the castle and the town. The castle was okay–not too impressed tbh because it was like walking through a history lesson which I wasn’t a fan of. But the city was absolutely gorgeous and the accents were amazing and I’d love to go back there. :]

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