This is the collection of modifications that I use and personally enjoy. I like the look and feel of the original MineCraft, but I feel that some things can use some improvement. After several hours of work, I finally have MineCraft in a state that I highly enjoy.
This pack keeps the original terrain textures, with a few subtle changes from Kas's Painterly Pack. All credit for the non-original textures goes to their respective owner's. For example, I use the Painterly Pack's wool, sand, bedrock, half steps, cacti, red/yellow flowers, glass, tree sprite, and a few others. The look of MineCraft remains but with subtle changes. This pack uses Painterly's boats and minecarts, as I like the look of them.
This pack uses Painterly's monsters (black spiders, as they are closer to the original), mobs (with the special needs pig because I find it so entertaining), and the duck. The QUACKPACK is included so the sounds match the model.
This pack uses the Better Grass mod, which I feel makes the land look prettier.
This pack uses a custom high quality moon and high quality sun. (I don't remember where I got them from.) It also uses Painterly's clouds.
This pack uses Painterly's armor; I used to use the original armor because I don't like large changes, but I've recently become accustomed to Painterly's armor and find it to be a good change.
This pack uses roughly half of the original inventory icons and half of the Painterly pack's. I simply went through and combined them, using whichever icon for each item that I liked the best.
This pack uses custom gui changes. The furnace and inventory backgrounds are from the Painterly pack, WITHOUT the blueprints (so it looks more like the original). I have taken Painterly's wooden container and crafting backgrounds and desaturated them and adjusted the contrast; I really like the way they look. They feel like the original's, but with some texture.
This pack uses Painterly's icons for health and armor (as they are more vivid) but I have kept the original MineCraft crosshair instead of the box that Painterly's pack uses.
There are a few other subtle changes that I may have forgotten while writing this. However, the general look and feel of the original game is maintained, but with subtle improvements from Kas's Painterly Pack and a few other things.
Please let me know what you think. Also, don't forget to check out the threads for the modifications that I have used.