Now we see the final product. Not only is the granite soap dish installed, but now we can see the mortar is in place too. With the mortar in place, this issue is officially finsished. It's been a lot of grief but the outcome is great and the budget wasn't busted.
It's not to say that your bathroom remodeling project wont have different but similar problems, the best advise is to be persitent, insist on getting something you will like. Things might not turn out exactly as you invision at the outset, but often times, these kinds of problems present better solutions that you hadn't considered in the first place.