So after a week of melt & pour soaping a miracle occurred - lye! A wonderful fellow crafter on craftserver.com offered to share their supply. Amazing! I now have a bountiful supply of lye. I just need some oils and I'm back in business. She also shared her vast knowledge and now have a brain to pick when needed.
Another amazing moment - another wonderful shop to consign at! More details to follow.
It's been a terrific week and today's weather is beautiful further lifting my mood.