1.7 is out!
Although it isn't the 1.8 we hoped for, I have a customized Painterly Pack available for download. Download it here: http://db.tt/GvYxBvP
And if you don't know what's in the new update, here's the list copied from Notch's blog:
+ Added pistons
+ Fire or redstone is now required to trigger TNT
+ Fences can be stacked
+ Added shears
+ Shears can be used to pick up leaf blocks
+ Shears can be used to shear sheep without hurting them
* Sheep no longer drop wool from being punched
- Removed Herobrine
Have fun with 1.7 everyone!