MOUNT CARMEL — A Edwards County High School senior has found a talent for decorative and homemade items.

Olivia Loudermilk, daughter of Jill Loudermilk and Robert Loudermilk, wasn’t sure if she had an interest in business before joining the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities program. But her personal business is certainly booming even before the upcoming tradeshow.

“I’m not really a creative person, but I knew that I could find something that would make me more creative,” Olivia said. “I wanted to do something that I could hand-make.”

After tossing around a few ideas West Salem native found three items that she excelled at making — string art, canvas paintings, and rice packs. For those who aren’t familiar with string art, it involves a wood slab with nails in a specific design, then wrapped with various colors of string.

Olivia’s business, cleverly named Liv Loud Decor & More, has already made a $200 profit from 15 completed orders, some with multiple items. All canvases are $13, rice packs range from $12 to $15 depending on size, and the string art is priced based on the design, size and how much string is used, she said.

People can also customize the colors of each product.

Olivia will be taking pre-made items and order forms to two tradeshows this spring, one in Grayville on April 22 and the other is the CEO tradeshow on April 24 at Parkview Christian Church in Mount Carmel. Liv Loud Decor & More can also be found on Facebook, where people can place orders or see examples of Olivia’s work.

Orders will be delivered by Olivia or mailed, depending on what the product is.

Despite having such a profit before the tradeshow, she doesn’t keep all of the credit for the success of her business to herself.

“My family is a big part of who I am, and they are a lot of help with everything,” Olivia said.

Olivia will be attending Rend Lake College in the fall, where she will be playing softball. She hopes to get her associates degree in science there, and then attend Southern Illinois University for speech pathology.

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